Berlin Man Charged in December Robbery at Farmington Bank

Police said an investigation led them to Robert Armstrong, who not only admitted to robbing the Farmington Bank on Center Street in Southington but committing similar acts in Bristol and Berlin, according to an arrest warrant.

Detectives have charged a Berlin man in connection with the Farmington Savings Bank robbery on Dec. 3, 2012, and the investigation could soon lead to additional charges against the 35-year-old in neighboring communities.

Southington police said Robert Armstrong, of 22 Dunham Drive in Berlin, turned himself in on Tuesday morning on charges of third-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny. He was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday and remains in state custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond, according to court officials.

He is due back in Bristol Superior Court in about three weeks, officials said.

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The arrest stems from an investigation into a robbery at the Farmington Bank branch located on Center Street in December. Police said a man entered the bank just before noon and passed a note demanding money before leaving on foot heading northbound on Route 10.

No weapon was implied or shown and no one was injured, according to police. The amount of money taken during the robbery has not been released.

“The investigation lead to Armstrong as a possible suspect,” Dobratz said in a press release. “Armstrong was contacted, interviewed and later confessed to committing the robbery. In addition, Armstrong also confessed to committing bank robberies in Berlin and Bristol.”

The robbery was the first of three committed in an 18-hour period on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. and charged in connection with a robbery just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the TD Bank branch on the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.

Detectives are still investigating the third robbery, which took place during the early morning hours of Dec. 4 at the 7-Eleven store on Queen Street. Police said Monday that Armstrong was not connected to either of the other two robberies.

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