SWANTON: Suspect sought in bank robbery

Suspect leaps counter inside People’s United

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SWANTON — Investigation continues today into a Monday morning robbery at the TD Bank here.

The emergency call from the bank located at First and York streets in the village came to police at about 10:14 a.m. Swanton Village Police, Vermont State Police and U.S. Border Patrol responded.

Swanton Village Police said the suspect, a white male, entered the bank wearing a navy blue hoodie on backwards with holes cut for his eyes. It appeared that the suspect also had sunglasses on under the hoodie.

Police made no mention of a weapon in their account of the robbery.

The male suspect told the teller, “This is a robbery, give me your money,” said police after interviewing bank employees.

According to police, the robber then went over the counter and had two tellers open their drawers. The man then went back over the counter and out the front door. Authorities did not disclose how much money had been taken.

Police, with the aid of a dog and a witness account, at first thought they had tracked the suspect to a specific home. However, Police Chief Leonard Stell said that proved not to be the route the man had taken. Instead, police believe the suspect made his way into a nearby parking lot before disappearing.

The suspect is described as 5′ 2″ to 5′ 6″ tall and weighing between 125 and 135 pounds. Police said he had short, light brown hair. Bank surveillance footage shows that he is either balding near the crown of his head, or had trimmed or shaved his head as a disguise.

He was last seen wearing the navy hoodie, blue jeans, work boots and a red t-shirt sticking out below the hoodie

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Swanton Village Police Department at 802-868-4100.

The bank robbery most recent to this one in Swanton Village occurred on Nov. 28, 2011, at People’s United Bank on Canada Street. Allan Reynolds, 26, of Swanton, was arrested shortly afterward on Dec. 2 for assault and robbery.

Reynolds, who escaped the Swanton scene on a bicycle, had served time for a bank robbery in Enosburg four years previous to the Swanton robbery and was on federal parole for that crime when he committed the second robbery.

Reynolds, who entered a plea in U.S. District Court, was sentenced for the People’s United Bank robbery in February 2013 to seven years in a federal prison.

A Swanton bank also was the target of robber Chad Lussier, who on Oct. 27, 2009 robbed the Chittenden Bank here. He later pleaded guilty to that stick up and other bank robberies in Enosburg Falls, Richford and Swanton. He was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and ordered to make $17,000 in restitution, $3,300 of which was taken in the Swanton robbery.