Police apprehend credit union robbery suspect

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Aug. 4, 2011
Police searched for a man caught on surveillance video robbing the American Eagle Federal Credit Union on July 28. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Tips from the public led to the arrest of a man who allegedly robbed the American Eagle Federal Credit Union on Main Street in East Hartford, according to police.

Nigel Cobb, 32, was arrested July 30 in connection with the July 28 robbery.  Surveillance photos from the bank show a man police identified as Cobb handing a note to a teller asking for an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said the suspect did not show a weapon. Hartford police assisted in the apprehension of Cobb, who fled to Hartford after the robbery.

American Eagle Federal Credit Union officials offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of the robbery. Tom Nash, who works in the security division of American Eagle, would not comment on the reward or how it would be paid.

East Hartford Police Department spokesman Lt. Curt Stoldt said the surveillance photo that was released produced “dozens" of tips from the public. "It was a clear, high-quality photo, and we received dozens of calls from people who recognized Cobb – it was an overwhelming response,” he said, adding that the reward may have played a factor in the response from the public. Stoldt added that a reward being offered for information concerning a robbery or other crime does not happen often.

Cobb, who does not have a permanent address, appears to be in Hartford on a regular basis, and has relatives who live in East Hartford, police said. Cobb was picked up by Hartford police, following a tip, and turned over to the East Hartford police. He has been charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree larceny and is being held on $250,000 bond.

Stoldt added that East Hartford police have nothing to do with the reward or who could potentially receive it.

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