Another bank robbery does not signal a crime wave, police say

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Aug. 12, 2011
This unidentified man in a surveillance photo is believed to have robbed the TD Bank on Main Street. Photo courtesy of EHPD. - Contributed Photo

East Hartford police are looking for a man they say passed a note demanding cash to a teller at the TD Bank on Main Street at about 8:40 a.m., on Aug. 10. The man, whose image was caught on a bank surveillance camera, walked out of the bank and fled on foot.

The crime was just the latest in a cluster of bank robberies that have occurred in East Hartford in the past few weeks. Lt. Curtis Stoldt, a spokesman for the East Hartford Police Department, said that because each of the robberies have been unrelated, and the suspects have been caught within a matter of days, East Hartford is not experiencing any kind of crime wave related to bank robberies.

“There has been no correlation between them, and in most cases the robberies seemed to be almost spontaneous, or not particularly well planned,” Stoldt said.

A continuing investigation by police into a July 4 bank robbery led to the arrest of two suspects, Ashley Torres and Jonathon Clark. Two other men who may have been involved in the robbery have also been questioned.

An employee from the Star Market was recently robbed when attempting to make a deposit at the Bank of America on Main Street. Police now say that two other men may have been drawn into the plot by the two main suspects, who also gave police significant information that led to the arrests of the main suspects.

In another recent case, a man robbed the American Eagle Federal Credit Union on July 28. The surveillance photo that was released produced numerous tips, and the man was caught within days. “That robbery seemed almost spontaneous, and he chose to commit the crime in a place where he was known and recognizable,” Stoldt said. Nigel Cobb, 32, has been arrested in that case.

The perpetrator of the TD Bank robbery could fit a different profile, Stoldt said. “It’s possible that the bank was targeted. The person behaved in a very calm and controlled manner.” Police are asking that anyone with information about this crime contact Det. Robert Zulick by calling 860-289-9134.


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