Suspect in Norwich, Waterford bank robberies will face judge today
A Florida man serving a federal prison sentence for a bank robbery in North Carolina is due in a New London courtroom today to face charges connected to three similarly violent robberies in Eastern Connecticut.
Jeremy A. Doe, 24, was recently transported from prison in Florida to Connecticut by Waterford police officers to face charges connected to three armed robberies in 2007 committed at banks in Norwich and Waterford.
In contrast to this year’s string of robberies police say was committed by serial bank robber Heather Brown, of Willimantic, the 2007 robberies were what authorities described as dangerous takeover-style robberies.
On Sept. 28, 2007, Doe walked into the People’s Bank on West Main Street in Norwich, pulled a gun from an accordion folder and yelled for everyone to get on the floor while he vaulted the counter and handed a plastic bag to the teller, ordering her to empty the drawers, according to the police report.
Doe grabbed the teller from behind with a gun to her head, police said. He also ordered the teller to open the safe behind the counter and everyone to start counting to 50 before he fled with more than $47,000 cash, police said.
The method was similar to the Sept. 14, 2007, and Oct. 17, 2007, robberies at the same Bank of America branch on Boston Post Road in Waterford. In the Oct. 17 robbery, Doe grabbed a teller in a chokehold and held a gun to her head, forcing her to fill a folder with cash, police said.
Police reports show Doe’s total take from the three robberies was more than $115,000.
Two Navy men, one related to Doe, subsequently were arrested and convicted for aiding Doe in the Sept. 14 Waterford robbery.
A joint investigation by Waterford and Norwich police was well under way by Jan. 7, 2008, when Norwich police received an anonymous tip from a Norwich Bulletin reader that Doe kept a MySpace account and was the one who committed the Connecticut robberies.
Further investigation found Doe was arrested Dec. 5 in Raleigh, N.C., for a bank robbery there.
Records show Doe was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on charges of armed bank robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
New London County State’s Attorney Michael Regan said Doe was transported by U.S. marshals to Connecticut under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers to face the Connecticut charges.
“He will stay in Connecticut until the cases are disposed of,” Regan said.
Doe, initially arraigned on Nov. 5 in New London, faces three counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree larceny, two counts of first-degree kidnapping with a firearm and others charges.
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