Hartford Police Search for Suspect in White River Junction Bank Robbery Thursday Afternoon
Hartford Police Sgt. Karl Ebbinghausen, left, and Capt. Brad Vail direct a fellow officer to park his car accross the driveway of People's United Bank in White River Junction as Interim Police Chief Leonard Roberts enters the bank. The bank was robbed shortly before 2:45 p.m. Thursday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
White River Junction — Hartford Police were scrambling this afternoon to locate a white male suspected of robbing the People’s United Bank across the street from the White River Co-Op food store on Maple Street.
The robbery allegedly occurred shortly before 2:45 p.m., when a Hartford police officer was seen running toward the bank with his rifle drawn.
Hartford Captain Brad Vail said that the suspect was wearing a disguise and driving a blue pickup truck, but declined further elaboration. Police were heard on scanner traffic describing the man as wearing a red hat, a tan coat, a taped-on mustache, and a “long wig.”
Vail said the suspect “jumped into a small, blue pick-up truck on the passenger side,” where there was a driver waiting in the driveway of an apartment on Bridge Street.
Several police cruisers responded to the scene and officers secured the bank.
Hartford School Resource Officer Kristinnah Adams and White River School Principal Sheila Powers said the school went on lockdown from about 2:40 to 3:15 p.m.
The school, which is located behind the Co-Op, usually dismisses students at 2:45 p.m., but the lockdown delayed that by about a half-hour.
Adams said the lockdown was part of school protocol in response to nearby emergencies, and went smoothly.
Valley News reporter Maggie Cassidy contributed to this report. See tomorrow’s Valley News and check back at www.vnews.com for additional reporting from reporter Ben Conarck. Conarck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.