Serial bank robbery suspect identified, arrested - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Serial bank robbery suspect identified, arrested

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A man believed to be behind a bank robbery spree that spanned several towns was arrested, according to the FBI.

Matthew Dragone, 31, of Middletown, was charged after a federal complaint in connection with the robbery of a Liberty Bank in Durham earlier this month.

Dragone was arrested on Sept. 18 in Middletown and faced a judge on Monday.

The FBI, state police and local police departments had been investigating a series of bank robberies that took places throughout August and September.

In the Durham case, investigators said Dragone wore dark sunglasses, a blue-striped long sleeve dress shirt and a white baseball cap with a Coors Lite logo on it. He entered the bank with a cell phone to his ear and presented the teller with a bank-style bag with a note attached to the front. The note demanded money and an order not to include any with a dye pack or GPS.

The teller placed approximately $1,490 in cash in the bag. Dragone then exited the bank and drove away,the FBI said.

The Coors Lite cap and shirt were found on the side of the road 50 yards from the bank. DNA evidence found on both pointed to Dragone.

A search of the suspect's apartment also revealed clothing and sunglasses consistent with those worn during the robbery.

The federal complaint also names Dagone as the suspect for robberies in Cheshire, Berlin, Deep River, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Killingworth.

The charge of bank robbery carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, officials said.

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