FBI offering reward for information on series of robberies

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a group of serial armed bank robbers who have struck at least five times in Connecticut.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, Connecticut State Police, Fairfield, Orange, Cromwell and Wallingford police departments, with the assistance of the Connecticut Bankers Reward Association.

In addition to the $50,000 being offered by the FBI, the five banks that were robbed are each offering rewards of up to $10,000.

A Sept. 24, 2010, hold-up at Fairfield County Bank in Fairfield is among those believed to be part of a two-year string of related robberies throughout the state.

The FBI, in a release Tuesday said the group of armed robbers is also believed to be responsible for following robberies:

Dec. 28, 2010, at New Alliance Bank (now First Niagara Bank) in Orange;

April 20, 2011, at Naugatuck Savings Bank in Southbury;

Oct. 7, 2011, at Webster Bank in Cromwell;

April 19, 2012, at Connex Credit Union in Wallingford.

Between three and five armed males wearing work clothes and dark masks have entered the victim banks and subdued the patrons and tellers at gunpoint. The robbers then ransack the teller drawers before escaping. The robbers have displayed handguns in each of the robberies.

A white Cadillac Deville, model year 2000 to 2002, was seen in the area of the Webster Bank robbery in Cromwell, and is considered of interest to the investigation, according to a release from Special Agent in Charge Kimberly K. Mertz.

Anyone with information regarding these bank robberies is being asked to call the FBI New Haven at 203-777-6311.

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