Police Search for Man Behind String of Bank Robberies

Police departments throughout central Connecticut are working together to catch the man they believe is responsible for up to seven bank robberies in the area.

A source with knowledge of the investigation said police believe the latest holdup, which occurred Friday evening at a TD Bank in Killingworth, is connected to others in Rocky Hill, Branford, Durham, Wethersfield, Deep River and Berlin.

Police in Rocky Hill hope businesses near the Webster Bank that was robbed Wednesday can help make an arrest. Fliers featuring surveillance photos of the suspect have been plastered on store fronts in the Cold Springs Plaza shopping center, at the department's request.

Business owners said it hits close to home.

"It was a little scary because I do business at the bank," said Miriam Forcht, who owns a pottery-painting studio called My Own Masterpiece and went to the bank the day of the robbery. "It makes me a little nervous. Being a business owner, you never know."

A security officer stood guard Friday outside the bank, the latest to be targeted. Other recent robberies have occurred in Branford, Durham, Wethersfield, Deep River and Berlin.

Police have their eye on a single suspect.

"When we saw the picture of that, and the detectives saw the picture of that, it appeared that it could be the same guy," explained Wethersfield police Lt. Andrew Power. "He always has a hat on and it appears he’s talking on a cellphone."

Police from several affected towns are sharing information and tips, hoping to catch the robber before he strikes again. Collaboration is common among the departments, but this time, several state agencies and the FBI are involved, according to police.

"It’s important because it’s a force multiplier. It increases our effectiveness," said Lt. Chris Ciuci of the Berlin Police Department.

The Connecticut Banker’s Association is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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