Middletown man sentenced for bank robberies in Cheshire, Berlin, Durham

Middletown man sentenced for bank robberies in Cheshire, Berlin, Durham

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A Middletown man was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday for robbing six area banks in 2015, including a Webster Bank in Cheshire, a TD Bank in Berlin and a Liberty Bank in Durham, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2015, Matthew Dragone, 32, of Middletown robbed Webster Bank, 145 Highland Ave. in Cheshire, and TD Bank, 1127 Farmington Ave. in Berlin, on consecutive days in August, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said in a statement. He robbed Liberty Bank, 357 Main St. in Durham, on Sept. 3, 2015. He also robbed banks in Deep River, Wethersfield and Killingworth, and attempted to rob a bank in Rocky Hill.

Dragone wore a baseball cap, dark sunglasses and held a cellphone to his ear during each robbery while presenting the teller a bank-style bag with an attached note demanding money, Daly said.

On Sept. 16, 2015, authorities searched Dragone’s residence, discovering clothing and sunglasses similar to those worn during the Durham robbery, and a bag consistent with the one used in several of the robberies.

Dragone was charged on Sept. 18, 2015. He pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery last February and will also serve three years of supervised release.


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