Police say second bank robbery in eight days likely committed by same perpetrator

Police believe the man seen here in the Sept. 5  Chase Bank robbery is likely responsible for a town bank robbery that took place Aug. 28 and another that took place in New Jersey on Aug. 20.

Police believe the man seen here in the Sept. 5 Chase Bank robbery is likely responsible for a town bank robbery that took place Aug. 28 and another that took place in New Jersey on Aug. 20.

Police are searching for the perpetrator in the second bank robbery to take place in town within the last eight days, this time at the JP Morgan Chase Bank at 137 West Putnam Avenue.

According to Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray, the robbery took place around 4:25 p.m. Thursday, when a subject that fit a similar physical description and manner of conduct as a man who robbed the Greenwich Avenue People’s Bank on Aug. 28., entered Chase Bank.

Although the first suspect reportedly spoke in Spanish to the bank teller he interacted with, the subject involved in the latest incident spoke to the teller in English, but with a heavy Spanish accent, Lt. Gray said. Just as in the previous robbery, the subject handed the teller a note demanding money and threatened to shoot her if she did not comply, although no weapon was shown.

He then walked away with several thousand dollars. He left the area in what one witness described as an older model black, dingy sedan that may have had Connecticut plates.

Witnesses described the suspect as a short, Hispanic male  of medium build, standing anywhere from 5″4″ to 5’6″ tall. He was wearing a black baseball cap with a straight brim, a gray thermal type shirt and dark pants.

No one was injured during the incident.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, Lt. Gray provided a press briefing on the Aug. 28 robbery during which he said the subject is likely the same man who robbed a bank on 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, standing approximately 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.

At Thursday’s briefing, Lt. Gray said the suspect, who was wearing a fedora, sunglasses, a button down men’s shirt and a tie during the Aug. 28 robbery, 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 believed to be ANX but Lt. Gray noted it was possible it could have been AMX, AXN or another combination since the information was based only on the officer’s memory.

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

 

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