Cops press search for suspect in Fairfield bank robberies
Updated 9:44 am, Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Police continue to hunt for the man suspected in at least five bank robberies, including two here on the same day last week, just 20 minutes and a half-mile apart.
Earlier heists the man is believed to have carried out were in Greenwich and New Jersey.
"We continue to follow up," Police Chief Gary MacNamara said Tuesday. "A group of our detectives traveled down to Greenwich to review each of the cases and develop a game plan."
He said representatives from the FBI were also there, as well as other area police departments.
On Thursday, a man held up the Bank of America office on Kings Highway Cutoff, before fleeing on foot. About 20 minutes later, after changing his shirt, the same man held up the Chase Bank office in the Kings Crossing shopping center off Grasmere Avenue. In both cases, he held a note up to the tellers announcing a robbery and demanding cash. While he indicated he was armed, no weapon was displayed, according to police.
After robbing the Bank of America, police said the suspect fled on foot toward the Office Max/CVS/Marshall's shopping center. Police believe he then drove from the Post Road shopping center area to Kings Crossing. There, after holding up Chase Bank, he fled behind the building near the Kings Highway East entrance to Whole Foods.
The same man is believed to have committed a bank robbery in Linden, N.J., on Aug. 20 and robberies in Greenwich on Aug. 28 and Sept. 5. In those incidents, the suspect also handed the teller a note and motioned that he was armed.
He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s, wearing a white baseball hat, large sunglasses and jeans. In the first local robbery, police said the suspect was wearing a blue shirt, but at Chase Bank, the man is believed to have switched to a maroon sweatshirt, as shown in video surveillance images from the banks.
Both banks are situated close to exit and entrance ramps of Interstate 95, which may have facilitated the robber's escape.
Police ask the public to report any suspicious activity they may have observed last Thursday afternoon in the parking lots or on the roads near the Bank of America and Chase locations.