Police searching for suspect in New Haven bank robbery

New Haven police are searching for this man that robbed the Webster Bank on Elm Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo provided by New Haven Police)
The man that robbed the Webster Bank in New Haven wore a grey sweatsuit with black sneakers with white trim. (Photo provided by New Haven Police)
New Haven police are searching for this man that robbed the Webster Bank on Elm Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo provided by New Haven Police)

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police are investigating a robbery at the Webster Bank on Elm Street Thursday afternoon.

At 2:23 pm, bank staff reported the robbery to police. They said a man entered the bank and joined the line for the teller’s counter. Once he approached a teller, he passed a note which read “Empty all the drawers or get shot”. The thief did not display a weapon.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash along with a hidden dye pack, which the thief didn’t notice. The robber pocketed the money, and then fled to the corner of Orange and Elm Streets, where the dye pack exploded. Arriving officers recovered the scattered cash, and then discovered the robber’s clothing and some more red-stained cash in a nearby alleyway.

Detectives followed the robber’s trail to the rear of the courthouse at 121 Elm Street, where the robber left dye on a fence he’s suspected of scaling. A police canine tracked the thief for several blocks, but then lost the scent. Officers believe the thief either got on a bus or left in another vehicle.

The robber is a black man who is about 6 feet tall. He wore thick framed eyeglasses, which may have been part of a disguise. He had on grey sweat-pants, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and white sneakers. New Haven detectives are working with Waterbury Police who are investigating a similar robbery in their town. Their suspect has a description close to that of the New Haven robbery.

Detectives from the department’s forensic unit have collected evidence from the scene. Anyone with information that could help New Haven police identify the robber are urged to call 203-946-6304. Calls can be made anonymously.

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