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PD: Monroe robbery suspect served time for bank robberies in the ’90s

September 28, 2018

MONROE — The suspect in two robberies in Monroe, and various others across the state, served time in prison for several bank robberies in the 1990s, police said.

Alvin Robertson, 55, whose last known residence was in Bridgeport, will face charges for the two Monroe robberies after police arrest him early next week, Monroe Police Capt. Keith White said Friday. Charges for each robbery will carry $150,000 bail.

“We do have two arrest warrants,” White said. “We plan to serve them next week.”

Robertson’s history with robberies dates back more than 20 years.

“If you run a Google search on him, you see that he has served time for bank robberies in the ’90s,” White said, adding that Robertson’s criminal record also reflected previous charges for bank robberies.

News reports from 1996 indicate Robertson robbed 11 banks in Connecticut over five years, for which he was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Online court records for Robertson were not available for the charges in the 1990s.

On his most recent charges, Robertson was arrested on by Watertown police on Thursday, who reaffirmed his bank robbery charges dating back more than 20 years

“Robertson is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history including numerous bank robberies in the 1990s,” Watertown police said in a news release.

For months, detectives in Watertown worked with Monroe and Berlin police departments, the Connecticut Intelligence Center and a Federal Bureau of Investigation liaison to track down Robertson as a suspect.

Police zeroed in on Robertson as the suspect in the two Monroe robberies after “his vehicle became a point that was consistent in various robberies,” White said.

He said Robertson was responsible for a robbery at a Subway Restaurant in Monroe on July 22 and for an additional robbery at People’s Bank in Monroe on Aug. 29. The bank and restaurant are on Route 111.

Robertson is the suspect in other robberies in Connecticut, police said.

Watertown police said they identified Robertson as the person responsible for a bank robbery at People’s United Bank in Stop & Shop on Sept. 21. Investigators took him into custody around 4 p.m. Thursday at a residence in Milford.

“The vehicle used in the robbery was located in Milford,” Watertown police said.

Robertson was charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace by Watertown police. He was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

White said Robertson was taken to court in Waterbury on Friday to be arraigned for the charges out of that Watertown. Next week, White said, Robertson will be brought to Bridgeport, where Monroe police will have their chance to serve their arrest warrants and charge him.

And, it’s likely other departments plan to follow suit.

“Robertson is suspected in numerous other bank robberies in the state and those investigations are ongoing,” Watertown police said.

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