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[UPDATED] Bank Robbery Reported in East Lyme Shares Similarities With Other Recent Heists

State and local police are investigating a robbery that took place at Liberty Bank on Flanders Road just before 6 p.m. this evening.

 

State Police responded to a report of a bank robbery at East Lyme at 5:50 p.m. on Friday. The suspect entered Liberty Bank at 314 Flanders Road wearing sunglasses and a hat and produced a handgun, demanding money. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount.   

Although police won't say how many people were in the bank during the robbery, judging by the number of people being interviewed by police as witnesses, it seems safe to say that there were at least five people in the bank at the time. There were no injuries. 

Surveillance photographs released by police show a suspect who looks very familiar at this point. The suspect bears a striking resemblance to the person who has used the same technique to rob at least four other banks in the area over the past few months, including Savings Institute Bank & Trust, which is located not far from Liberty Bank on Flanders Road in East Lyme.

Police won't officially say whether they believe they are searching for one person on a spree at this point but they acknowledge that the physical description of the suspect is very similar.

"We are going to investigate to see if there are any similarities," said State Police Sgt. William Bundy of the Eastern District Major Crimes Division.

Bundy said state police from both Troop E and Troop F, which has jurisdiction over the bank robberies that occurred recently in Durham and Killingworth, are working together with East Lyme Police Department and with the FBI to investigate this recent string of robberies.

"It's not unusual this time of year to have them occur," said Bundy.   

The initial police alert stated that a dye pack was included with the money and that the suspect may have escaped in a Dodge Caravan. Police on the scene, however, could not confirm that and said that they believe the suspect escaped on foot. East Lyme's K-9 unit was called to the scene to aid in the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to please call State Police Troop E at (860) 848-6500.  

samely December 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM
i do believe it is a female, i'll say that much. (have any witnesses mentioned the suspect wearing either a men's northface jacket or carhartt hoodie in black?) did they ever confirm the dye pack being used?
Jayne Keedle (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Police last night intimated that, contrary to initial reports from the police news alert, there was no dye pack with the cash. I say "intimated" because they don't say much during an ongoing investigation but when I asked, that's what they led me to believe.
samely December 23, 2012 at 06:47 AM
i understand the 'not saying much during an ongoing investigation', i don't/wouldn't understand a bank not using a dye pack when a robbery took place right down the street only two months ago. east lyme being a small town, and this happening at a fairly busy area at that hour, it seems odd and/or disconcerting that so many people lack vigilance. complacency, i suppose.
Jayne Keedle (Editor) December 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I'm not one to judge. I'm not sure how I'd react if I was staring down the barrel of a gun.
samely December 27, 2012 at 04:01 AM
then dye packs are a waste of idea and money? i'm not sure there was a judging? tower of babel, indeed. yet, if you can't draw blood you shouldn't be a phlebotomist...
Jayne Keedle (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Hi Samantha, I do know that a dye pack was inserted in the robbery that immediately preceded this one. Perhaps that's why this one happened so soon after. If a robber can't spend the money, and is desperate enough, I suppose he or she might feel the need to strike again.
samely December 27, 2012 at 05:54 AM
what's most important is that the people inside the bank(s) weren't physically injured and that no one outside was injured either. i hope they soon catch up with this person and they get what they deserve: no set bail and a long time to sit and think about his/her selfish actions.
Jayne Keedle (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I totally agree.

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