Windsor man arrested for White River Junction bank robbery in car full of friends and cash in Massachusetts
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Late Monday afternoon troopers from the Massachusetts State Police spotted a vehicle on Interstate 91 southbound near Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and arrested the suspect from Monday afternoon's robbery of the Mascoma Bank branch in downtown White River Junction.
Stephen Lynch, 28, a former Windsor resident, was a passenger in the car along with three other people: driver Katelyn "Katie" Grizzaffi, 23, of Lebanon, New Hamsphire; Corey Riendeau, 21, of Hartland, and Andrea (Boisvert) Gilbert.
Based on the surveillance photos taken at the bank, police believe Lynch, who goes by the street nickname "Joker," was the robber.
Lynch is currently being detained in Massachusetts on a charge of receiving stolen property while he awaits extradition back to Vermont to face charges.
Detectives interviewed Lynch after his arrest and said he confessed to the robbery, allegedly saying that he was in South Royalton when he texted Grizzaffi and asked if she would drive him to rob a bank and then take him to Connecticut so they could buy heroin.
Lynch reportedly told the detectives that he made the decision to rob the Mascoma Bank branch while the group was driving along Maple Street because he noticed there were only two cars in the parking lot at the time.
Grizzaffi also spoke to police in Massachusetts, reportedly explaining that she and her friends waited on a side street for 15 minutes after Lynch pointed out which bank he wanted to rob. Police said she reported that Lynch had given her $1,020 and attempted to give Riendeau another $500 but she said Riendeau refused to take it.
Lynch told police that shortly after the robbery he had the group make one stop so that he could pay off a $1,500 drug debt to a local dealer from whom he had previously purchased methamphetamine. He also reportedly admitted that he did not actually have a gun during the bank robbery.
Massachusetts troopers stopped Grizzaffi's blue 2007 Subaru Impreza around 3:45 p.m. and ordered all four occupants out at gunpoint. Troopers said they found large amounts of cash on both Lynch and Grizzaffi and located a taser tucked in the driver's side door of her car.
After Grizzaffi told police that she did not have a license to carry the taser in Massachusetts and that the car belonged to her mother she was detained there for lack of $20,000 bail.
Gilbert told troopers that she is Lynch's girlfriend, according to the police report.
Hartford Police Chief Phil Kasten said Tuesday that the investigation continues and additional arrests and charges are pending.
Vermont News can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org