Town of Hartford, Vermont, Monday, January 7, 2019 – Hartford Police are investigating the robbery of the Mascoma Bank located along the 200 block of Maple Street this afternoon.

Just after 2pm, a white male, approximately 5-8” tall, with dark hair and a mustache, wearing a dark colored hoodie and scarf approached the bank teller, passed a note implying he had a weapon and demanding cash.  The teller complied and the man fled the bank on foot towards the area of Hazen Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.

There were other customers inside the bank at the time of the incident.  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 that the police and school district felt the precaution was appropriate.  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.

Police are currently following up on information supplied by witnesses.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.  The investigation continues