Police investigating robbery at Norwich bank

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Norwich — Police are investigating a Friday morning robbery at Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank, 666 W. Main St.

Detectives and patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery at the bank just before 10 a.m., police said. Norwich Public School officials confirmed the incident prompted a temporary hold-in-place at multiple schools in the area, restricting anyone from entering or leaving for about 45 minutes.

John Mancini, executive vice president at the bank, said that an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen just after 9:45 a.m. No weapon was used in the incident, he said, and employees and customers were unharmed. The branch was secured by police and closed for the remainder of the day, he said.

He added that bank robberies in the area are rare.

"This Norwich community has been very untouched by this type of activity," Mancini said. "It's something we prepare for, but you hope never happens."

The hold-in-place order was in effect at the John B. Stanton, Thomas W. Mahan and Uncas Network elementary schools and Teacher's Memorial Middle School. While the hold-in-place was lifted at the schools before noon, police have not said whether suspects had been apprehended or remained at large.

In a news release, Capt. James Veiga said more information would be forthcoming. 

Police asked anyone with information on the incident to call (860) 886-5561. All information can be kept confidential.

b.kail@theday.com

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