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Granby Police Chief Catches Bank Robber Fleeing from Hartford Ave.

Chief Carl Rosensweig saw the suspect fleeing the area and radioed for backup before the Windsor Federal Bank could even report the robbery. He then tailed the car along with other units to East Granby in a chase that ended with two arrests.

The sharp eyes and quick action of Granby Police Chief Carl Rosensweig foiled a bank robbery at late Tuesday morning. The chief saw the fleeing suspect from his unmarked car as he was patrolling Hartford Avenue and followed the suspect's get-away vehicle into East Granby, where two arrests were made.

A lone male wearing a mask, gloves and hooded sweatshirt didn't brandish a weapon, according to Granby Police Captain William Tyler, but hopped the bank's counter and stole a significant amount of cash before running away on foot to a vehicle containing a driver who was waiting for the suspect near Shattuck Avenue.

Rosensweig saw the suspect, still wearing gloves, fleeing the area on foot before entering the get-away vehicle and radioed for backup before the bank could even report the robbery, according to a report from the department. Rosensweig kept his eyes on the car, a 2005 Toyota Camry, and got its registration information as he followed it onto Route 20, headed toward East Granby.

"A marked Granby unit joined the unmarked unit, and the suspect vehicle engaged them in pursuit when signaled to stop," the report said. "The suspect vehicle continued on Route 20 to Kripes Road in East Granby, where it was stopped at Nicholsen Road by Sgt. Gary Charette and Rosensweig."

The two suspects were then taken into custody by Granby police without any serious resistance, according to the report. Units from the East Granby Police Department as well as Connecticut State Police provided mutual aid at the stop.

Police recovered all $11,720 taken from Windsor Federal Savings Bank from the vehicle.

Police identified Gregory Orton, 25, of Hartford as the man suspected of entering the bank and taking the cash. He was charged with second degree larceny and third degree robbery.

"[Orton was] held in lieu of [a] $100,000 surety bond," the report said. "Orton was convicted of robbing a different bank several doors from this location in an identical manner in 2009."

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jack Britton, 40, of Danbury. He was charged with larceny in the second degree, robbery in the third degree, operating a vehicle under suspension, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit and interfering with a police officer. Britton is also being held in lieu of a $100,000 surety bond.

Happy Percy September 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Granby Police 2 - Gregory Orton ZERO It's about time we focused n crime and not remedial tickets for small infractions! Even though the State of CT does need the money!
Granby Resident 4ever September 11, 2012 at 09:33 PM
GREAT JOB Granby PD !!!! Glad no one was hurt.
Happy Percy September 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
About time something positive.... Granby Police Captain ZERO ...Federal Prison - ONE
Peter Terry September 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Nice job Chief!!
Tamara September 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Great job!
Kevin Blake September 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM
great Job my question is, if he was CONVICTED of robbery in 2009, why is he on the streets? Less than three years for robbing a bank??
Tom Kerrigan September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Great Job Chief !!
Paul Bahre September 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Good job Rosensweig, great police work!!! These guys are no where they belong, behind bars. Bank Robbing is an inherently dangerous activity. Dangerous for the bank employees and for every one involved and the people who engage in this illicit activity need to be behind bars.
Carmine Denalio September 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
If he didn't show a weapon, why didn't the bank staff press the emergency button as the robbery was in progress? They would have been SOL if the chief wasn't in the area and so alert. Maybe better staff training? They must be a small outfit. Never heard of Windsor Federal bank.
Kathy Freese September 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Md Denalio, it's easy for us readers to be armchair quarterbacks. It's another story when we are at the other end of a robber, weapon displayed or not. Let's just be thankful that nobody at all was hurt or killed...
Kathy Freese September 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
*Ms Denalio*
Perry Robbin September 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Kevin, this is something I'm going to look into, see if I can find an answer and write a follow-up story.
Jamerson Patrick September 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
And you, Ms. Freese, should not assume either! It's Mr. Denalio. Also, his comment was a question. Not what you deem an armchair quarterback. Yes, I'm glad no one was hurt or killed, so please stop ASSuming just because someone poses a question.
Perry Robbin September 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Let's keep the comments section civil, please.
R W Maier September 12, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Way to go chief. Hopefully these clowns will spread the word in the jailhouse not to rob banks in Granby!
Mark Dane September 12, 2012 at 08:09 PM
How come there's no bullet proof barrier protecting the tellers? If it's that easy to jump over the counter, it seems to invite just this kind of robbery.
susan thomsan September 12, 2012 at 09:39 PM
don't judge people if u don't know them yes they did wrong but i know one of these indiviuals personally he is a good human being caught up with the wrong person i'm not saying what he did was right but don't judge a book by it's cover
R W Maier September 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM
It’s always somebody else’s fault. That’s what you get when you live in a society where less and less people accept responsibility for their own actions.
Meg September 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Very impressive police work and ESP police department coordination to quickly apprehend these experienced robbers Windsor federal is a small bank Probably shocked they got robbed Point is cops caught them, protected public and got them off the streets Jon well done!
Meg September 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Job well done!!!
Michael Mercier September 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Now, this is my tax dollars at work! Well done!
Gary Cote September 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
s.t.: The comments are in response to alleged dangerous and illegal behavior, which needs to be dealt with and punished according to the law. The "good human being" and his alleged accomplice will have their day in court, and it won't matter if they're wearing suits or ski masks. I'm much more concerned for the well being of my friends at WFS than about possible damage to the reputations of the alleged.
Paul Bahre September 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I guess bank robbery is wrong and the only judging is just that it's very dangerous for everyone involved. Just by jumping over the counter people could get hurt. If I were the prosecutor I would still charge them with armed robbery and I would consider the robbers body a weapon. He could have easily harmed the tellers being younger and stronger and the weapon is implied. I would make sure he would lose his freedom for 10 to 15. Anything less would send a message to the community that it's alright to rob banks as long as you have no weapon. People need to wake up in the morning and not worry about thugs like these guys coming out of the bushes and robbing them.

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