By Ed Harris
The Southington Police Department is investigating a string of armed robberies in town that occurred within a 24-hour period.
The most recent armed robbery occurred early Tuesday morning. It took place at the recently opened 7-11 store at 777 Queen Street.
Two banks were also robbed at gunpoint Monday.
Police responded to the 7-11 at 1:20 a.m. The suspect entered the store and handed the clerk a note indicating that he had a weapon and demanding money. The suspect held his hand under his shirt as if he was holding a weapon.
The clerk gave the suspect cash from the register and a pack of cigarettes and the suspect fled the store in a westerly direction across Queen Street.
Patrol officers and a K-9 unit were unable to track the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male wearing a plain gray hooded sweatshirt, plain gray sweat pants, clean shaven and in his 20s. He is approx. 6’0″ – 6’2″ tall, with a thin build.
The police responded to a bank robbery at the Farmington Bank location at 1 Center Street midday Monday.
Police were called to the bank at 11:54 a.m., responding to a hold up alarm. Bank personnel later confirmed that a robbery had occurred inside the bank and that the male suspect had fled the scene on foot.
The male was described to be a white male, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt with a knit hat underneath, sunglasses and blue jeans. He was approx. 6 ‘tall with a thin build.
He entered the bank quickly, went to a teller demanding money. No weapon was implied or shown.
After the robbery, the suspect was last seen running in a northeasterly direction away from the bank. Police set up a perimeter checking the area for the suspect and locating witnesses. According to witnesses, it’s possible the suspect left in an older model silver or grayish color Ford Taurus.
Later Monday, at 5 p.m., police responded to a call at TD Bank, located at 921 Meriden Waterbury Road.
In this instance, the suspect handed the teller a no demanding currency. No weapons were displayed.
The suspect is a white male, approx. 25 years old, with short read hair, a red goatee and a chinstrap beard. He was last seen wearing a Chicago White Sox baseball hall, a black jacket with a gray lined hood and a circular logo on the left sleeve. He also had on a black and grey striped shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Police are working to determine if the string of robberies are connected and are also following up on leads that were provided by the public.
Police are seeking the publics help. If you have any information, contact the Southington Police Department at 860-378-1698.