Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing the TD Bank in Avon at gunpoint last Sunday and believe he may be tied to another bank robbery that happened in town days later.
Patryk Kornas, 40, is facing robbery and drug charges.
A man entered the 255 West Main Street bank along Route 44 at about 1:30 p.m. last Sunday and displayed a black handgun before taking off in a black SUV with an unknown amount of cash, police said.
Police suspect Kornas is that bank robber and said they anticipate additional charges.
Police believe he may also be connected to a second bank robbery that happened in town this weekend, but no charges have been filed yet in that case. Officers responded to Northwest Community Bank at 101 Simsbury Road (Route 10) on Saturday after a man displayed a black handgun and robbed an undetermined amount of cash from the bank. It's not confirmed at this time whether the two robberies are connected.
Police obtained a search and seizure warrant for an apartment in New Britain based on information received in a collaborative investigation involving Avon, Newington and Wallingford police as well as local FBI authorities. Avon, North Central Municipal Emergency Services Team and New Britain Emergency Services Team officials and New Britain police searched the address and arrested Kornas on a possession of narcotics charge.
Then police applied for and obtained an arrest warrant tying him to the armed robbery at TD Bank in Avon, charging him with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and third-degree larceny. He is being held on a $500,000 surety bond.
Police ask anyone with information on the Northwest Community Bank robbery to call Det. Jason Reid at 860-409-4232.