Two brothers have been arrested in the March 21 robbery of a Bethany bank. Arrest warrants were served March 26 on Thomas and Nicholas Yorkshaitis, both of Bethany, for their alleged role in the March 21 robbery of the Webster Bank at 696 Amity Road in Bethany.
Investigation efforts by the State Police Central District Major Crime Squad led to the identification of the suspects on March 22, and they were located and arrested on that day for separate narcotics charges.
Further investigation then led to the arrest warrants on March 25 for the bank robbery.
Numerous tips helped
Within hours of releasing the suspect’s description via the media on the night of the Saturday robbery, Major Crime Squad investigators received numerous tips that directly contributed to identifying the suspect who entered the bank, according to a State Police press release.
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Crime Squad investigators also received assistance from State Police Troop I (Bethany), and from Milford Police Department officers in the apprehension of Thomas Yorkshaitis at a motel in Milford.
The exact charges
Thomas Yorkshaitis Jr., 31, of 8 Beacon Road, Bethany, was charged with second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, and third-degree larceny. His bond was $200,000.
His younger brother, Nicholas Yorkshaitis, 27, of 938 Litchfield Tpke., Bethany, was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. His bond was $100,000.
Demanded money from teller
The robbery occurred on Saturday, March 21 at about 11:25 a.m. The suspect, a white male in his 20s or early 30s wearing a black Carhartt hat, demanded money from a bank teller.
The bank teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the male suspect left the bank. No weapons were displayed and no injuries were reported.
The male suspect was described as being 5-feet-10-inches tall, 220 pounds, with reddish blonde hair, visible tattoos on his hands, and he appeared to be missing a portion of his left index finger.
The suspect fled on foot to a waiting vehicle, believed to be a gray or silver Nissan Cube, and the vehicle then headed north on Amity Road (Route 63) toward Naugatuck, according to police.