Updated, 4/02, 12:56 p.m.
Authorities announced Monday the arrest of Kevin Bolden, 46, and his 35-year-old girlfriend Moneek Grant in connection with at least two bank robberies in Connecticut, and more charges are pending.
Lt. Becky Adcock of the Nelson County Sheriff's Department became suspicious of a gray Volvo station wagon with Virginia license plates and discovered the plates didn't match the vehicle, Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin explained Monday.
Upon further investigation, Adcock discovered a quantity of crack cocaine, $6,000 in cash coated in red dye and Connecticut plates, all in the vehicle, according to police. Nelson County is east of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the center of the state.
"We're happy to have them in custody," Conklin said. "No one's been hurt."
A gray Volvo has been a staple in a string of bank robberies through Connecticut over the last month, and in the robbery of an Atlantic Street Citizen's Bank on March 19, a red dye pack exploded in the vehicle as the suspects fled the scene.
Authorities managed to recover a small amount of the dye-covered stolen money following the incident.
Officially, the couple has been charged in connection to the Citizen's Bank robbery and a March 8th robbery of a Woodbridge bank. Connecticut police are looking to include related charges stemming from a People's Bank robbery in Stamford a week earlier. There were three additional bank robberies in New Haven, Greenwich and Bridgeport. However, Greenwich Police have not identified suspects in branch on East Putnam Avenue in Cos Cob. A message seeking comment on the arrests of Bolden and Grant was left with Greenwich Police Monday afternoon.
In Virginia, the couple faces several motor vehicle and drug-related charges, but they could be extradited to Connecticut soon.
When questioned by the Nelson County Sheriff's Department, Grant confessed to her role in the crafting demand notes and occasionally driving the getaway car during the robberies, Conklin told Patch.
"I see a trip to Connecticut in their future," Conklin said.
Updated, 3/23, 11:33 a.m.
Police are looking for 46-year-old Kevin Bolden and his girlfriend 35-year-old Moneek Grant for their possible connection to Monday's robbery, according to a statement released Lt. Diedrich Hohn. Both suspects are residents of New Haven.
Bolden, who was last seen operating an older model grey Volvo wagon with a partial CT plate of 904, has an "extensive criminal record," according to Hohn, that includes assault, robbery, burglary, narcotics possession and resisting arrest. He also has an active warrant for another bank robbery in Woodbridge, CT. He might have been in the company of Grant when the robbery occurred.
Hohn cautioned that Bolden is "to be considered armed and dangerous." Anyone with information about Bolden or Grant should contact the Detective Bureau, Crimes Against Persons, Squad C at 203-977-4418 or 203-977-4444.
Updated, 5:40 p.m.
According to a statement released by Lt. Diedrich Hohn, the suspect is described as 5’9-5’11 in height, thin, with a thin beard and between the age of 25 and 30 years old.
Anyone with information can please contact the Stamford Police Detective Bureau at 203-977-4417.
Original Story (3/19)
are investigating a robbery that occurred at Citizen's Bank on Atlantic Street Monday afternoon, according to Captain Richard Conklin. No arrests have been made and no injuries were reported.
At 11:56 a.m., Conklin told Patch, a black male in his "mid-to-late 20s or early 30s" wearing a grey sweatshirt and a baseball cap entered the bank at 1 Atlantic Street and passed a note to an employee at the counter demanding an unspecified amount of money. According to Conklin, money equipped with a dye pack was given to the suspect, who exited the bank and drove away with in a "silver or grey" Volvo that was parked on Atlantic Street in front of Chavin Peruvian Bistro.
The suspect, Conklin said, drove away with a black female passenger described as being in her fifties and wearing glasses. As the suspect drove southbound on Atlantic, Conklin said, a patrol officer who was unaware of the incident, noticed that smoke was coming from the car and concluded that it might have overheating. According to Conklin, the smoke came from the dye pack, which exploded in the vehicle. The suspect threw the dye pack out of the window and it landed near some parked cars on Atlantic.
Conklin said the department's forensic team is currently reviewing photos and video surveillance from the bank. When asked whether the robbery was in any way connected to at People's United Bank on Summer Street, Conklin said the department would "certainly look into that" because they are "somewhat similar."
*Editor Barbara Heins contributed to this report.