ST. ALBANS CITY — In what may be a pattern, Franklin County on Monday had its second bank robbery within a week.
A lone robber entered the People’s United Bank on the corner of Main and Brainerd streets in St. Albans City at approximately 2:50 p.m. and demanded money.
He jumped over the counter and ordered two tellers to open their cash drawers. There was no report of a weapon.
The man leaped over the counter, removed money from the drawers, jumped back over and fled on foot.
The suspect is described as 5 foot 6 inches tall and slender. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, gray pants, dark sneakers and a mask.
Canine units were brought in to search the area. The scent simply ended, leading police to believe he may have fled on foot to a waiting vehicle, according to St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor.
A similar robbery occurred last Monday at the TD Bank in Swanton. That suspect also jumped over the bank counter to take money from the teller’s drawer and fled on foot. He was described as between 5’2″ and 5’6″ weighing between 125 and 135 pounds. He, too, was wearing a navy-blue hoodie, although in that robbery it was on backwards and holes had been cut for his eyes in the hood.
“It would appear there are a number of similarities,” St. Albans City Police Chief Gary Taylor said when asked if this robbery might be connected to a robbery last Monday in Swanton.
Taylor said the SAPD is working with Swanton Village Police and the Vermont State Police on the investigation.
The area’s last serial bank robber was Chad Lussier, who hit a number of banks in the county, including the former Chittenden Bank branch in the city that is now People’s United on Oct. 5, 2009. After pleading guilty to a number of bank robberies he was sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Albans Police Dept. at 524-2166.