Fairfield bank heist may be linked to Orange robbery
Published 2:26 pm, Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Police are investigating a possible link between Tuesday's armed robbery of an Orange bank and a similar September bank-takeover holdup here on Bronson Road.
Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said Wednesday there are similarities between the two robberies and they could be related.
Detectives from the two departments have shared information and are working together to determine whether the robberies are linked.
MacNamara said the robbers in Orange used similar "methods, dress and activity," as the suspects in the Fairfield case. He called both heists incidents were both "bank takeovers," and the suspects in both cases are considered extremely dangerous.
"The subjects in our robbery, entered with purpose to secure all occupants in the bank and commit the crime," MacNamra said. "They basically, for a short period of time, seized control of the bank, before fleeing with the money. Preliminary information shows some similarities to the Orange robbery."
On the morning of Sept. 24, three armed men stormed the Fairfield County Bank at 1899 Bronson Road and fled with an undetermined amount of money. Police said the men, dressed in black and wearing full-face masks, displayed handguns, tied up three bank employees and then took the money.
They fled in a tan Honda Accord, which was later found in the service area off of Interstate 95 northbound, near Exit 22. That car was later determined to have been stolen. It is not known whether the suspects then fled by foot or in another car. Police said at the time that the robbery had been well-planned, making the suspects more dangerous because they likely had a back-up plan if something had gone wrong.
On Tuesday, Orange police said three men in black hoodies entered the New Alliance Bank at 34 Old Tavern Road around 12:20 p.m. Each showed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money. They then fled in a tan Toyota Camry with tinted windows.
MacNamara said his department has a good relationship with other area police departments and they learned quickly of the Orange robbery and the similarities.
He said he hopes the latest robbery will bring police closer to finding the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfield police at 203-254-4800 or Orange police at 203-891-2131.