MERIDEN — A city man was sentenced to three years in prison for two bank robberies in August 2017.
John Foster, 28, of 247 New Hanover Ave., pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and attempt to commit second-degree robbery. During an appearance in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday, he was sentenced to six years in prison, suspended after he serves three years, followed by three years' probation.
On Aug. 15, 2017, a man wearing sunglasses and an orange beard, later identified as Foster, approached a teller in People’s Bank and demanded money, according to a police report. The teller emptied his drawer and the suspect fled.
On Aug. 24, 2017 police responded to the Seasons Federal Credit Union, 1371 E. Main St., for a report of an armed robbery. A man, later identified as Foster, walked into the credit union wearing a sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his face and sunglasses, the report said. After being told there was no cash in the credit union, Foster walked around a counter and looked through drawers. One customer told police he was holding a pocket knife, the report said.
When police served a search warrant in connection with the credit union investigation, officers found a note in a backpack seized from Foster that read “No alarm no dyepack, no gps put all the money on the counter no (expletive) or you’re dead,” the report said.
While investigating the credit union robbery, police found clothing matching the description of what the suspect wore during the People’s Bank robbery.