Woman Charged in String of Bank Robberies

The woman suspected of holding up banks across Connecticut has been arrested after more than a month on the run.

Jennifer Labbe, 27, who police say robbed five banks in a two-week period after escaping from prison, faced a judge on robbery and larceny charges Thursday afternoon.

Labbe, a convicted felon, was imprisoned for committing a home invasion. She was released from the York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Jan. 20 after serving a three-year sentence and disappeared days later from a Hartford residential facility.

Her robbery spree began in early February, according to police.

Hartford police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tracked Labbe down and took her into custody late Wednesday night after getting a tip that she was on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford.

Labbe was turned over to Cromwell police, where she was charged with first-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny.

She's suspected of robbing banks in Wallingford, East Hartford, Vernon, Wethersfield and Cromwell over a two-week stretch last month.

Police said they linked Labbe to the crimes after finding her fingerprints on a pair of gloves she left behind and a bag of stolen cash.

"The bag that she had the money in – the dye pack exploded and she dropped it," said Cromwell police Capt. Denise Lamontagne.

She's been in the criminal justice system for nearly 10 years, starting with a larceny conviction, followed by one for prostitution.

Labbe is being held on $10 million bail and is likely to face charges in connection with the other four robberies.

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