While State Police have not said whether they are looking for a serial bank robber, a surveillance photo from Thursday's heist at the Liberty Bank in Durham would appear to some to share a striking resemblance to surveillance photos taken during two recent bank robberies in nearby Killingworth and East Lyme.
In all three robberies, the suspect wore a black hat, black sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt and calmly entered the bank before handing the teller a note demanding cash.
Photos taken by a witness at the scene of Thursday's robbery show that a red dye pack exploded when the money was taken outside of the bank. Police also said that the suspect was witnessed leaving in an red, older model Volvo station wagon, unlike the first two robberies in which no vehicle was reported.
In the last two robberies, the suspect has been described as being male, but police in East Lyme were reserving judgement on that. Many readers who have seen the surveillance photographs say they think the suspect looks female and one eyewitness to the bank robbery in East Lyme said he thought the robber was a woman.
Each of the robberies came about a month apart.
On October 11, a suspect walked into the Savings Institute Bank & Trust at 305 Flanders Road in East Lyme around 5 p.m. and robbed the bank.
On November 2, at about 1:15 p.m., the TD Bank at 184 Route 81 in Killingworth was robbed.
And on Thursday, at 2:49 p.m, a suspect entered the Liberty Bank branch at 357 Main Street in Durham and robbed it.
State police meanwhile are still searching for the suspect involved in last week's bank robbery at the TD Bank at 331 Main Street in Durham. No photos of the robbery have been released.
What do you think? Do you think the same person robbed all three banks?