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Police search for man who claimed to have bomb during robbery

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Police continue to search for a man, who claimed to have a bomb on him when he robbed a bank in Vernon as it opened Friday morning.

Around 8:30 a.m., police said they were sent to the People's United Bank in the Tri-City Plaza after a man walked in, claimed to have a bomb and robbed it.

One of the bank employees was tied up, police said, and the suspect took off with an employee's car and an undisclosed amount of money.

"None of the employees were transported to the hospital, and there were no serious injuries," Vernon Police Lt. William Meier said. "We're working with several agencies, Manchester police and Connecticut State Police on this investigation."

Officers with long guns, officers with SWAT gear and police K9 units swarmed the bank after the robbery.

Within an hour, the unoccupied car was found in an old industrial lot near Exit 63 off Interstate 84 in Manchester.

"They had bulletproof vests on, a German shepherd. There were all kinds of police there," said witness Connie Charette. "And I said, oh, must be something bad."

The bomb squad was called in to make sure there were no explosives inside, just clothes. Investigators searched a wooded area toward Northwest Park in an effort to find the suspect.

"Something obviously went down because you got eight people out here with machine guns in my yard," said eyewitness Ned Moulton.

Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect, but he is wearing a hooded sweatshirt that covers his face and gloves.

This robbery was the second at the People's United Bank in the Tri-City Plaza since late last month.

And twice in 2009, thieves broke into another bank in the Tri-City Plaza, by cutting a hole in the roof. 

The bank is close to Interstate 84, and has easy access to the highway.

No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with any information about the robbery, call Vernon Police Department at 860-872-9126. All calls would remain anonymous.

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