Suspect With Similar Description Held Up Banks In Greenwich, Linden

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating whether two recent bank robberies in Fairfield are connected to a series of heists in Greenwich and New Jersey.

Police believe the same suspect — described as a stocky Hispanic man, in his 30s, wearing a white baseball hat, large sunglasses and jeans — robbed a Bank of America and Chase Bank in Fairfield 20 minutes apart last Thursday.

Police said the suspect was wearing a blue shirt when he held up the Bank of America, but believe he changed into a maroon shirt before making his way to the Chase Bank.

In both incidents, police said the suspect showed a teller a note, indicated that he had a weapon and grabbed cash before running off.

Metro-North train service was briefly suspended as police searched the area.

The incident was reminiscent of a robbery last month.

A man held-up a People’s United Bank in Greenwich on Aug. 28 near a Metro-North station, prompting a SWAT team search aboard a commuter train. Service on the New Haven line was suspended for about 40 minutes.

Police released a surveillance photo from that incident, showing the suspect — also described as Hispanic with a stocky build — wearing a beige fedora-style hat, sunglasses and a white shirt with a beige tie.

Investigators believe he is the same man behind a bank robbery at a Wells Fargo in Linden, N.J. on Aug. 20.

The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association will offer a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Police haven’t officially linked all of the cases.

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