Liberty Bank in Madison, at 859 Boston Post Road, was held up Friday at 2:42 p.m., police said. Connecticut State Police at Troop in Westbrook say the robbery in Madison bears some similarities to a robbery that occured at the First Niagara Bank in Essex around 5 p.m. Friday.
State police declined to specify the similarities.
Madison police released the following statement Friday night about the robbery in Madison Friday afternoon:
"On 11/18/2011 at 1442 hours, the Madison Police Department responded to a hold-up at Liberty Bank, 859 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut, an undisclosed amount of money was taken.
Wanted in connection with the robbery is a white male subject, between 5’9” and 5’10”, with medium build. At the time of the robbery, the subject was wearing a hospital mask and a blue “hoody” sweatshirt.
Subject fled north to a waiting vehicle, reward offered
The subject fled north to the rear of Liberty Bank to a waiting vehicle. The vehicle is described as a dark-blue 1990’s Geo Tracker with a soft top and dark gray primer on the passenger side door. The vehicle also had a spare tire attached to the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen traveling north on Scotland Road in Madison. Photographs of the suspect vehicle are attached below.
Anyone having information regarding the subject or the subject vehicle should contact the Madison Police Department: (203) 245-2721. There is a reward for information that leads to the capture and arrest of the subject(s) involved."
Madison police say that there were customers inside the bank when the robbery occurred, but they would not say how many. They said no one was hurt during the robbery. The suspect fled out of the back of the bank, and shed some of his clothing during his escape, apparently tossing his mask, hat, and gloves while fleeing, police said.
Suspect flees through Mews, then down Scotland Road, shedding articles of clothing
The suspect fled through the back parking lot of the bank, through the parking lot of the Mews, an upscale condominium complex right behind Liberty Bank. The suspect then fled down Scotland Avenue, where some articles of clothing were later found, police said.
Connecticut state police say that the First Niagara Bank at 63 Main Street in Essex was robbed around 5 p.m. Friday in a case that bore some similarities to the Madison case. No customers were inside the Essex bank when it was robbed, police say.
State police said initial reports indicate that a weapon was not shown by the perpetrators.