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This image was taken from a surveillance camera at the Main Street branch People’s United Bank in Brattleboro on Monday afternoon.

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Suspect sought in Main Street bank robbery

Anyone with information about Monday’s robbery should call Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7950.

BRATTLEBORO—Brattleboro Police are seeking information on a man who allegedly robbed a downtown bank early Monday afternoon.

People’s United Bank on the corner of Main and Elliot Streets displayed a hasty “closed” sign in stark black and white on 8” X 11” paper.

North on Main Street, multiple police vehicles, lights flashing, converged in front of the Stone Church.

“All I can tell you is that People’s United Bank was robbed,” said Brattleboro Police Capt. Mark Carignan to a couple of bystanders watching the activity.

According to a police press release, about 12:45 p.m., a man described as a tall white male robbed the downtown bank.

The suspect is said to have scruffy facial hair and was wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt. The sweatshirt had a small Michael Jordan logo on the chest, according to the press release. The suspect also wore a red and blue baseball cap.

In security photos from the bank, the suspect is seen reaching across the bank counter. He has his hand over a piece of paper on the desk in front of the teller.

According to Carignan, Brattleboro has witnessed one bank robbery per year since 2012. So far, all the robberies resulted in an arrest. Brattleboro Police are still investigating Monday’s robbery.

“Commercial robberies average about seven a year for that same period - we have not seen an increase,” wrote Carignan in an email on Tuesday.

He clarified that commercial robberies do not include individual thefts of personal property. In general, police have found substance abuse driving the suspects to commit the majority of larcenies in town.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #312 (Wednesday, July 1, 2015). This story appeared on page A3.

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