On June 5, 2014 at 1:35pm, Peoples United Bank at 290 Franklin Avenue, reported a bank robbery. A large white male suspect, wearing a pink wig, sunglasses, blue plaid shirt and white gloves, walked into the main lobby of the bank and displayed a hand written note which read (something close to) 'THIS IS A ROBBERY'. This suspect then ordered the bank manager, Pina Lo Curzio, to get him cash from the sole male bank teller. Curzio complied and then handed the suspect $790.00 U.S. currency (all in ten dollar bills) at which time the suspect exited the bank. Witnesses reported that the suspect left the area in a blue Nissan Maxima with Massachusetts license plates.
Major Crimes Division (MCD) Robbery Detectives investigated the incident and distributed Wanted flyers and emails to fellow Hartford Police Officers, CTIC, D.O.C. and surrounding Law Enforcement Agencies.
On June 12, 2014, Detectives were contacted by New Britain Detectives who were investigating a New Britain Robbery which had a similar suspect and vehicle description. Both agencies exchanged photos and information regarding their robbery investigations.
On June 19, 2014 Hartford Police South Conditions Officers initiated a proactive stop on a suspicious vehicle (bearing Mass plates) in the south end which lead to the arrest of Festim Shyqeriu (8/16/93) documented under HPD case # 14-20049. This arrest produced several items in the suspect's vehicle consisting of one black BB gun, one pink wig, and a hand written note which read "hand me all the money now."
Detectives, post-Miranda, interviewed Shyqeriu in a MCD interview room at which time he confessed to the above described bank robbery and provided a sworn written statement which contained his full confession.
HPD and NBPD Detectives then interviewed Shyqeriu on the New Britain robbery which he also admitted to conducting. Shyqueriu then provided NB with a full written sworn written confession.
Shyqeriu was then escorted to the Hartford police Booking Facility on separate charges.
HPD Robbery Detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Festim Shyqueriu for the Peoples United Bank robbery under HPD case # 14-18172 with the charge of Robbery in the Third Degree (53a-136).
On June 20, 2014 this arrest warrant was "walked thru" and signed by a judge at Hartford Superior Court, 101 Lafayette Street, Hartford, CT.
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Thursday, June 19, 2014
HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT
(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 1516 Park Street.
This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.
For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.
The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.
On, June 12, 2014 the "Family Worship Center" on 650 Blue Hills Avenue was broken into and items were taken from the premises. The items were:
• 40"Insignia Television ( no serial number)
• 60" Sharp LC LED Television serial number 206847463 model number 60LE640U
The suspect is this case appeared to be a black male, with short hair, thin built, approximately 5'08", in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect was wearing; brown hooded sweat shirt, baseball hat, red T-shirt under his sweat shirt, dark colored pants, adidas (black and white) sneakers and carrying a blue Yankees string book bag.
The surveillance camera revealed that on 6/11/14 at approximately 8 p.m. the suspect entered through the front entrance of the church during bible study. The suspect walked through the hallways of the church and entered the rear office without detection. It was later determine that the suspect cut one wire to the rear entrance alarm and left the south side window unlocked.
The Pastor called the alarm company in order to reset the alarm that was malfunctioning, unaware that the alarm was tamper with. The alarm company called the Pastor later that night because the sensors were going off but they decided not to call Police thinking that the alarm was malfunctioning. Surveillance later revealed that the suspect returned and he was the one setting off the sensor but at that time he did not take any items.
Surveillance also revealed the suspect returned for the third time on 6/12/14 at approximately 9:00 a.m. and ripped both of the television off the wall and exited through the rear entrance where the alarm was tamper. The suspect carried out one television at a time.
If you recognize the suspect or can provide any information, please contact Detective S. McGrath, Burglary Division at (860)757-4429 case number 14-19064.