Tracking device helps police find bank robbery suspect

Raymond Melvin (Photo provided by the Woodbridge Police Department)

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — A 23-year-old has been arrested after an armed bank robbery caused several schools to go into lockdown on Friday.

Police say at 8:56 a.m. Friday, Woodbridge police were called to TD Bank North at 128 Amity Road for a reported armed robbery. Employees told police that a black man wearing a mask and gloves pulled out a gun and demanded cash. Police say an undisclosed amount of money, which had a TD Bank North GPS tracking device, was given to the suspect and he left.

At 9:05 a.m., police determined where the money was and found a red VW Golf Coupe, occupied by 23-year-old Raymond Melvin, on Andrew Lane in Orange. Police say Melvin fled on foot and local schools were placed in lockdown.

Police say at 10:45 a.m., Melvin was found hiding in a trash can at a home on Cummings Drive in Orange.

Melvin is charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, weapons in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit, misuse of a registration plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without minimum insurance coverage and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Melvin couldn’t post a $500,000 bond and will stay in Woodbridge police custody until his arraignment on October 11.

Police say this arrest would not have been possible without the help of the Orange, Milford, Hamden, West Haven, DEEP, Connecticut State and Stratford Police Departments.