SOUTHINGTON - Police are looking for an unidentified male driving a white Jeep Cherokee who robbed a bank and stole a car with a woman and two children inside Sunday afternoon.
The victims were released from the vehicle unharmed in a commuter lot off of I-84, exit 26, near the Waterbury-Cheshire line, shortly after the vehicle was taken, police said.
Police responded to the People’s Bank inside Super Stop & Shop at 505 N. Main St. around 1:15 p.m., where a suspect allegedly handed the bank teller a note demanding money. He was seen fleeing the store in a red minivan driven by a second suspect.
Officers located the vehicle heading northbound on Route 10, where it made a U-turn, hit another car and succumbed to a flat tire by the Shell station at 212 Main St. Police apprehended one of the two suspects who fled the vehicle. The other suspect got into the Jeep, license plate number AJ13246, with the woman and two children ages six and three inside, before the woman’s husband could reach the car.
The suspect released the victims shortly after according to police, who are asking for the public’s help in locating the second suspect and the stolen vehicle.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Southington Police at 860-378-1600.