Police looking for suspect in attempted bank robbery in Wilton, Feb. 22, 2017.

Media: Connecticut Post US

FAIRFIELD - Police are asking for the public’s help to catch a masked man who tried to rob the People’s United Bank on Feb. 22.

The would-be bank robber didn’t get away with any cash because the bank had just closed.

Fairfield police say the suspect “described as a male 5’10 in his twenties, approached the main door to People’s United Bank on Old Post Road in Southport, which was locked. The male yelled to an employee who had just locked the door and the employee told him that they were closed. The male, who was wearing a face mask with gloves and carrying a duffel bag, fled the scene southbound in Connecticut Registration 477ZVD, a 1996 Honda Accord 4 Door color green.”

An investigation revealed the suspect purchased the old Honda in Stratford on Feb. 21 for $380 after responding to an ad on the Internet site “Letgo.”

Fairfield police are looking for this man who attempted to rob the People’s United Bank in Southport on Feb. 22, 2017. The man is also suspected of robbing the Fairfield County Bank, 941 Danbury Road in Wilton on Feb. 24, 2017. Photo: Fairfield Police Department
Photo: Fairfield Police Department
Fairfield police are looking for this man who attempted to rob the People’s United Bank in Southport on Feb. 22, 2017. The man is also suspected of robbing the Fairfield County Bank, 941 Danbury Road in Wilton on Feb. 24, 2017.

“After interviewing the seller of the Honda, it was determined that the male who purchased the vehicle is a black male, thin build, in his twenties and has braids in his hair. This individual arrived to purchase the Honda in a newer model Nissan Maxima ,color black with tinted windows. During their interaction, the seller of the Honda said that one of the men texted that he was coming from Wilton, had a young son whose grandmother was supposedly asked to watch him during that period, and wrote down a Stamford address on the bill of sale,” Fairfield police said.

Two days after the Fairfield bank robbery attempt, the Fairfield County Bank, 941 Danbury Road in Wilton was robbed by the same individual who again used CT Registration 477ZVD during the robbery, police said.

That vehicle was recovered a short distance away after arriving and fleeing the parking lot through a rear access road.

There is a reward for information that helps to identify the individuals who are responsible for the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bernie Kelley of the Fairfield Police Department at (203) 254-4840 (bkelley@fairfieldct.org) or Detective Kip Tarrant of the Wilton Police Department at (203) 834-6260 (Kip.Tarrant@wiltonct.org). All callers may remain anonymous.