Albert Bailey & Teen Phone Ahead for Cash Before Robbing CT Bank
Albert Bailey and a 16-year-old juvenile wanted to rob a Connecticut bank, so they phoned ahead, demanding the money be ready when they got there that March 23 afternoon.
An employee of the People’s United Bank in Fairfield, Connecticut answered the phone about 10 minutes before the robbery and was threatened with a “blood bath” if $100,000 in large bills weren’t ready for the suspects later that day. They wanted the money in a bag with no dye packs.
I've heard of drive-up robberies where they rob the bank via drive-up windows,” said Det. Lt. Michael Gagner of the Fairfield Police Department. “But I've never had somebody call ahead and say, ‘Get the money, we're coming.’
Bank Employee Talks with Police During Robbery
The employee then dialed 9-1-1 as the unarmed juvenile entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The police—who couldn’t believe a suspect would phone in their intentions—were given a play-by-play of the robbery as the bank locked down and squad cars arrived.
You can't make this stuff up,” said Sgt. James Perez. “They literally called the bank and said to have the bag of money ready on the floor because they're coming to rob the place.
The teller gave the teen about $900 in a bag and he left the bank after politely asking employees to unlock the doors. An officer ordered him to stop and he ran toward Bailey, who was inside the getaway vehicle.
While the suspects had requested no dye packs be put in the back, a pack was slipped in and exploded when one of the robbers threw the bag on the ground.
Charges for Albert Bailey and Juvenile Accomplice
Both were arrested without incident and charged with first degree robbery and threatening in the first degree. The teen was sent to an area juvenile jail.
Bailey, 27, is on probation for an attempted People’s United Bank heist in 2003. He is being held without bond and will be turned over to the Department of Correction. It is not known if they have lawyers.