Town of Hartford, Vermont, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant charging 28 year old Stephen Lynch, formerly of Windsor, Vermont with robbery.
Just after 2pm Monday afternoon, Lynch approached a teller at the Mascoma Bank along the 200 block of Maple Street and passed a note implying he had a weapon and demanded cash. The Teller complied and Lynch fled the bank on foot toward 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 to the robbery that the police and school district felt the precaution was appropriate given the suspect was at large. 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 not in the immediate area and posed no threat to students departing the campus or buses making drop-offs in the area of the incident. Police maintained a perimeter around the area and a presence at or adjacent to the schools once students were released.
Through investigation, detectives identified a vehicle of interest, which was shared along with bank surveillance photos of the suspect with allied law enforcement agencies throughout the region. Late Monday afternoon, the vehicle was stopped by Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police, Shelburne Falls Barracks along I-91 South. Lynch was identified from surveillance photos, and Massachusetts State Police recovered a large amount of cash. Lynch was lodged in Massachusetts late Monday night on a charge of receiving stolen property, as was another occupant of the vehicle identified as 23 year old Katelyn Grizzaffi of Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Hartford Police worked overnight with investigators from the Massachusetts State Police and prosecutors from the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain an emergency arrest warrant from the District Court of Vermont, which has since been lodged as a detainer to hold Lynch pending an extradition hearing.
The investigation continues, additional arrests and charges are pending.