Greenwich bank robber believed connected to New Jersey robbery

Police believe the man seen here in a New Jersey bank robbery is responsible for last week's crime in Greenwich.

Police believe the man seen here in a New Jersey bank robbery is responsible for last week’s crime in Greenwich.

Police are continuing their search for a suspect in the Aug. 28 robbery of the Greenwich Avenue People’s Bank and have linked it to an earlier robbery in New Jersey.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Greenwich Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray said it is believed the same suspect robbed a bank Aug. 20 in Linden, N.J. Both banks were reportedly robbed by a man matching the description of a white male with a Spanish accent in his 20’s with a medium build that’s 5’8 tall. In both cases the man, who spoke in Spanish, handed a note to the teller and fled on foot with an unreleased amount of cash. No injuries were reported in either incident.

In the Greenwich incident, the man entered the bank and gave a note to the teller saying that he was armed. No weapon was displayed but police began a search of the area treating the suspect as armed and dangerous. He was seen headed in the direction of the Greenwich train station, causing the department to stop a train on the tracks to search for the suspect, and resulting in major headaches for commuters.

However, now it is believed the man fled the scene in a vehicle. At Thursday’s briefing, Lt. Gray said the suspect, who was wearing a fedora, sunglasses, a button down men’s shirt and a tie, was seen by an off duty Greenwich police officer getting into a small, silver sedan with a New York license plate in the area of the robbery. Lt. Gray said a partial plate number was noted by the officer, who said they were made suspicious by the suspect’s clothing. The partial plate number is ANX but Lt. Gray noted it was possible it was AMX or AXN or another combination since the information was only based on the officer’s memory.

Lt. Gray said the off duty officer was unaware that the robbery had been committed and that, once the description of the suspect was released, told the department this information.

“We’re fortunate that some of our officers are also Greenwich residents,” Lt. Gray said, discussing this new lead.

When asked if it was believed the suspect drove himself away or if there was another driver, Lt. Gray said they are only seeking one suspect right now.

As part of the ongoing investigation, Lt. Gray said the department had been networking with other departments and that was when Linden police came to them about this incident because of the similarities in the suspect descriptions.

“We’re still investigating and we’re using all the means available to us,” Lt. Gray said. “License plate readers and networking with other departments is part of it.”

Lt. Gray said that anyone with information is asked to contact or Greenwich detectives at 203-622-3620 the Linden, N.J. police at 908-474-8537 or their local FBI office.


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