Pre-trial guilty plea entered in New London bank robbery case

Jerry David Thompson pleaded guilty this morning to robbing the Citizens Bank in downtown New London as testimony was set to begin at his trial in New London Superior Court.

Thompson, 36, of Hartford, who has been held in lieu of $250,000 since the Feb. 26, 2013, robbery, was sentenced to four years to serve for second-degree robbery. He pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which indicates he does not agree with the state’s allegations but does not want to risk the possibility of a harsher sentence if convicted at trial.

According to a police report from the February 2013 incident, city police received several calls reporting that a man was dropping money on State Street that appeared to be stained with red dye. Minutes later, someone from the Citizens Bank branch at 63 Eugene O’Neill Drive reported to police that the bank had been robbed.

Witnesses described to police the man who had dropped the money and said he had run down State Street on foot. Officer Deana Nott spotted Thompson at Union Station and he was taken into custody.

Police said they recovered surveillance photos from the bank and interviewed witnesses. The bank teller told them the robber handed her a small piece of paper that said, “This is a robbery. No tricks. Don’t call cops. Hand me money in hand.”

The teller gave the man $1,578 in cash and an additional $40 with a red dye pack in the middle.

Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Michael E. Kennedy prosecuted the case. Thompson was represented by attorneys Jennifer B. Nowak and Tyler C. Edwards from the public defender’s office.

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