Police: Social media helped catch Shelton bank robber
A Shelton man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a Monday bank robbery at a Webster Bank branch in Orange.
Brian Gittings, 27, of 19 Trolley Bridge Road, Shelton, was charged March 24 with third-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit third-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny.
Arrested on the same charges was his alleged accomplice, Amy Miranti, 23, of 47 Pine St., Trumbull.
Both were held on $25,000 bond for arraignment in state Superior Court in Derby on March 24. Gittings and Miranti both have criminal histories, according to the Orange Police Department.
Shelton Police Department members assisted in the investigation.
Trolley Bridge Road is a dead-end road off River Road (Route 110) on the southern edge of downtown Shelton.
Demanded money in a note to teller
Police said at about 4:50 p.m. on Monday, March 23, a lone white male — dressed in sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt — entered the Webster Bank at 247 Boston Post Road in Orange and handed the teller a note demanding money.
The teller complied and the male left the branch on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.
After receiving a holdup alarm, Orange police detectives and officers arrived on scene and were advised that the suspect had left on foot in an unknown direction.
Police dog aided neighborhood search
Officers searched the neighborhood, aided by a Milford K-9 track police dog, but could not find the suspect.
A possible vehicle involved in the robbery had been seen parked in the area between 4:30 and 5 p.m. It was described as a black Nissan Altima with front bumper damage, operated by a white female.
Orange Police Department members also determined that the suspect had visited the Webster Bank branch earlier on the day of the robbery.
Witnesses said at that time, the suspect was in a black Nissan Altima with front-end damage, with an unknown female.
Social media helped investigation
Orange police continued their investigation and received information from witnesses and the public into the night.
An anonymous tip led officers to several Facebook pages, where they were able to identify the alleged suspect and alleged driver of the getaway car.
Shelton Police Det. Chris Nugent assisted in the investigation along with other members of the Shelton Police Department. Both suspects were taken into custody at about 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Public thanked for assistance
"This is an example of using good old-fashioned police work combined with today's social media that led to the successful and quick arrests in this case,” said a statement by the Orange Police Department.
“The Orange police want to thank the public for spreading the word on [Monday’s] robbery and calling in leads to Investigators," continued the statement.
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Leading the investigation were Orange Police Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo. Lt. Andrew Steinbrick and Det. Brian Petrucelli.
Anyone with information relevant to the case can contact Orange Police Det. Petrucelli at 203-891-2138.