Manchester police nab alleged bank robber

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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Police Department took a man into custody Monday after a bank robbery at People's United Bank in Manchester.

Nobody was hurt in the incident in which a man claimed to have, but did not show, a firearm while making off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Manchester Police Chief Michael Hall took Tyler Galipeau, 37, of Bennington, into custody after allegedly connecting him to the robbery.

Galipeau was reportedly working with a crew doing roof maintenance on the bank, Hall said.

Police received a hold-up alarm at 10:29 a.m. for the bank located at 4393 Main St., which is in the same building as Rite Aid next door.

As officers began investigating, Hall talked to some workers on the roof and gave them the description the teller had offered of a man in his 30s standing about 5-foot, 10-inches tall wearing a plaid jacket, camouflage pants and camo beanie with a dark-colored face mask.

The roof workers said that's exactly what one of their co-workers was wearing when he disappeared a little bit earlier.

One of the workers said they had just talked to him and he was at McDonald's so Hall headed to the golden arches where workers said they had just served a man who matched the physical description but was dressed differently.

"I was literally only a couple of minutes behind him," Hall said.

Armed with a new clothing description, Hall spotted a man matching that description carrying a McDonald's bag and walking across the PriceChopper parking lot, which is just across Depot Street.

Hall said the man was also exhibiting mannerisms and behaviors that both the workers at the bank and McDonald's had described.

Hall said the man identified himself as Galipeau, which is the same name given by the roof workers at the bank.

Hall said he searched Galipeau for a weapon. He didn't find a gun, but he did find a "substantial amount of cash.

Hall described the cash as "thousands" of dollars.

The bank did not release the amount of money taken.

A search of the area revealed the clothing matching the original description in a nearby trash container.

Galipeau was identified in the bank's surveillance camera video by workers in the bank, Hall said.

According to a press release issued late Monday afternoon, Galipeau was taken into custody on a furlough violation and will be held until he is arraigned, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today in Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division.

He is expected to face charges of grand larceny and larceny from a person, Hall said.

Chuck Sharp, regional manager for People's United Bank said the bank remained closed the remainder of Monday but would open for normal business hours Tuesday.

"We're very happy to say no one was hurt," Sharp said. "We're very grateful and thankful for that."

Sharp said the teller, who was not identified, remained calm and handled the situation "very professionally."

"I'm very proud of the way he handled it," Sharp said. "He handled the situation as well as can be expected."

Sharp said the company would bring in counselors to help any employees who might want to talk to a professional.

Hall said the investigation is continuing, and anybody with information can contact police at 802-362-2121.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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