Police: 2 Vermont banks robbed Monday


WINDHAM COUNTY, VT. — Police are investigating two separate bank robberies that occurred in Windham County on the same day.

In Brattleboro, police say a bomb threat was made during a bank robbery at People's United Bank at 100 Main St. Monday afternoon. Officers from the Brattleboro Police Department received the call at about 4:30 p.m.

"Responding officers learned that during the course of the robbery the suspect threatened to detonate a bomb inside the building," said Brattleboro Police Captain Mark Carignan in a press release. "The subject left a suspicious item inside the bank after robbing it of an undisclosed amount of money."

According to the press release, police secured and contained the scene.

The area was evacuated.

The Vermont State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team was requested and will be responding to assist.

Police said no injuries were reported at the time of publication. Citizens are being asked to avoid the area.

A People's United Bank in Wilmington was robbed earlier in the day. No connection has been made by officials.

Police say a teller at the Wilmington bank was handed a note demanding money Monday morning but no weapon was displayed.

The Wilmington Police Department and Vermont State Police responded to the bank at 29 East Main Street for a reported bank robbery at 9:23 a.m. Six minutes earlier, a white male had entered the bank with a note.

"The male subject is described as being possibly in his late 20s with a mustache and wearing a white sweatshirt with the hood up," police wrote in a press release. "The male subject left on foot out the front door with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect's direction of travel and whether a vehicle was involved is unknown at this time."

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Mark Denault at the Wilmington Police Department 802-464-8593.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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