Man robs Bellows Falls bank

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BELLOWS FALLS — A robber held up the TD Bank in downtown Bellows Falls Monday afternoon, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Bellows Falls Police Chief Ron Lake said at the scene that no weapon was displayed by the robber and no one was hurt.

He said the robbery took place around 2 p.m. Bank officials closed the bank for the rest of the day, turning away customers.

Police described the man as a white male, approximately 5 foot, 4 inches tall to 5 foot, 6 inches tall, average weight and with facial hair.

He was wearing dark blue jeans, a gray winter hat and a black coat that hung below the waist line.

He was last seen walking south from the TD Bank, across the Hetty Green parking lot, and between Fenton and Hennessy Funeral Home and the Consolidated Communications building on Henry Street.

Lake said police did not yet know if the man was acting alone, or that he had an accomplice outside the bank.

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Lake said the TD Bank robbery was being investigated by his department, aided by the Vermont State Police. He said that four troopers responded to Bellows Falls to help with the investigation.

He said the FBI, which used to handle the investigations into bank robberies in Vermont, was no longer involved, leaving the investigations to local or state police.

The bank sits on the site of the home of Hetty Green, a famous Wall Street financier who also lived in Bellows Falls. The Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home is immediately next to the bank, and there are homes, churches and the Bellows Falls Middle School nearby.

Lake said the last bank robbery in Bellows Falls was at the now-closed People's United branch bank on Atkinson Street, adding that since he's been chief, there were two robberies at that branch.

The last bank robbery, which took place on Feb. 28, 2012, involved a Bellows Falls man, Chad Dustin, and Gerald Clough of Swansey, N.H. Clough, who had a lengthy criminal record, received a 30-year jail sentence for his role in the robbery.

There are only three banks in Bellows Falls: People's, which is on The Square, the TD Bank, and the River Valley Credit Union, which is in the process of building a new, bigger facility on Westminster Street.

If you have any information about the incident, contact the Bellows Falls Police Department at 802 463-1234.

Contact Susan Smallheer at ssmallheer@reformer.com or at 802 254-2311, ext. 154.


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