Multi-Agency Police Response to Hartford, VT, Bank Robbery Results in Arrests


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Windsor Man Arrested

 HARTFORD, VT– Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant charging 28-year-old Stephen Lynch, formerly of Windsor, VT, with robbery, announced law enforcement on Tuesday.

Just after 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, Lynch allegedly approached a teller at the Mascoma Bank along the 200 block of Maple Street and allegedly passed a note implying he had a weapon and demanded cash. The teller complied and Lynch allegedly fled the bank on foot toward the area of Hazen Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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There were other customers inside the bank at the time of the incident, reported the Hartford Police Department. No one was injured.

Within minutes, officers from the Hartford Police were joined by Norwich and Lebanon Police, and Troopers from the Vermont State Police – including a K-9 Team. The Hartford School District was also contacted to request a lock-out at the three area schools. While there was not an immediate threat to the schools, the White River School, Hartford Memorial Middle School and Hartford High School were in close enough proximity to the robbery that the police and school district felt the precaution was appropriate given the suspect was at large. During the lock-out, the school continued regular operations inside the building but took additional measures, including a delay in afternoon dismissal until it was determined the suspect was not in the immediate area and posed no threat to students departing the campus or buses making drop-offs in the area of the incident. Police maintained a perimeter around the area and a presence at or adjacent to the schools once students were released.

Through investigation, detectives identified a vehicle of interest, which was shared along with bank surveillance photos of the suspect with allied law enforcement agencies throughout the region. Late Monday afternoon, the vehicle was stopped by Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police, Shelburne Falls Barracks along I-91 South. Lynch was identified from surveillance photos, and “Massachusetts State Police recovered a large amount of cash”, according to law enforcement. Lynch was lodged in Massachusetts late Monday night on a charge of receiving stolen property, as was another occupant of the vehicle identified as 23-year-old Katelyn Grizzaffi of Lebanon, NH.

Hartford Police worked overnight with investigators from the Massachusetts State Police and prosecutors from the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain an emergency arrest warrant from the District Court of Vermont, which has since been lodged as a detainer to hold Lynch pending an extradition hearing.

The investigation continues, additional arrests and charges are pending, said the Hartford Police Department.

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