Possible serial bank robber hits Cromwell bank

Cromwell police say this woman robbed a bank in town Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, and may be involved in other area bank robberies.
Cromwell police say this woman robbed a bank in town Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, and may be involved in other area bank robberies.
Cromwell police say this woman robbed a bank in town Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, and may be involved in other area bank robberies.

CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — A Cromwell bank was held up Tuesday afternoon, and police think the suspect may be a serial bank robber.

Cromwell police say a woman went in to the Webster Bank at 5 Coles Road around 1 p.m., presented a note, demanded cash, and said she had a gun. They say a witness saw a dye pack explode and the woman toss the bag containing money as she fled on foot. That money was recovered and no one was hurt, according to police.

Police describe the suspect as a white woman in her early 20’s, approximately 5’6″ tall and 140 pounds. They say she was wearing a black knit hat, a grey-colored zipped up jacket, grey pants, and tan-colored work boots.

Cromwell police say this woman robbed a bank in town Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, and may be involved in other area bank robberies.
Cromwell police say this woman robbed a bank in town Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, and may be involved in other area bank robberies.

“She looks like your typical suburban house mom in Wethersfield,” said Marissa Bendetto.

“She doesn’t look like a bank robber,” said another man.

Cromwell police note this is the fifth bank robbery in the area in the past 11 days. The first bank was hit in East Hartford on the sixth. The second in Vernon four days later, the tenth. Banks in Wallingford and Wethersfield were held up on the 12th and 13th respectively.

The police departments are working together to see if the robberies are connected. They say all robberies were committed at the same time of day, late morning or early afternoon, at banks near a highway entrance.

Police stress that no one has been injured in the string of robberies. They want to capture the suspect quickly because of how active she has been.

Anyone with information about:

  • the Cromwell robbery is asked to call Cromwell Detective Frank DiMaio at 860-635-2256 ext. 24
  • the East Hartford robbery is asked to call Detective Loehr at (860) 291-7509
  • the Vernon robbery is asked to call Detective Grady at (860) 872-9126 x201
  • the Wallingford robbery is asked to call Detective Fairbrother at (203) 294-2856
  • the Wethersfield robbery is asked to call Detective Morris at (860) 721-2869

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