Back in August, a man wearing a "fedora-style hat and sunglasses" walked into the People's United bank at 410 Greenwich Avenue, suggested he had a weapon, and "fled with an undisclosed amount of cash." The event was probably extremely traumatic for the employees and customers present, and not a fun thing for the bank to have to deal with. More importantly, though? The hour-long suspension of the New Haven train line while police hunted for the suspect reallyinconvenienced commuters, who had better things to do (clean out their DVRs) than stand around with their thumbs up their ass. So annoyed were they by the hold up that it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to assume someone might perform a citizen's arrest using excessive force on Mr. Fedora, who is apparently back in town.
Just hours after investigators on Thursday announced new revelations about last week's robbery of a Greenwich Avenue bank, police said the same bank robber may have struck in town again. At 4:25 p.m. Thursday, a man entered the Chase Bank at 137 West Putnam Ave. and handed the teller a note saying he was armed and demanding cash, before escaping with several thousand dollars in hand, police said. The robber's methods were nearly identical to those used in the Aug. 28 robbery of the People's United Bank at 410 Greenwich Ave. The subsequent police response then led to a shutdown of Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line as officers searched trains. Coupled with surveillance footage from the Chase Bank showing the robber as a heavy-set Hispanic man, police say the similarities may be more than just coincidence. "We're operating on the assumption that this is the same suspect," Lt. Kraig Gray said at the scene Thursday, reaffirming that belief later in the evening.
Initially, police had been following a lead based on the observations of an off-duty officer who was driving near the Greenwich Avenue robbery. Investigators said the officer saw a man matching the robber's description -- short, heavyset, and wearing a tie and fedora-style hat -- entering a small silver-colored sedan with New York license plates ending in ANX or some combination of those letters. "The entire outfit really sparked [the off-duty officer's] interest," said Gray. "At the time he didn't realize that was actually a bank robbery suspect because he was off duty in his private car, but once he realized what was going on, the match of similarities, he had a strong sense of recall of that moment." The bank robber Thursday, however, was seen leaving in a dingy, dark-colored four-door sedan that may have had Connecticut plates.
Fedora had better hope it's the cops that find him.
Bank robber may have struck in town again [Greenwich Time]
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*In addition to giving him a lengthy piece of their mind.