1920: Four Auto Bandits Hold Up Two Banks

Middletown, Conn., is Scene of Daring Robberies–Gunman “Covers” Cashier and Pal Gathers Up Cash.

Middletown, Conn., Aug. 21.–Four armed bandits held up and robbed two banks here this morning and escaped toward Glastonbury in a car without any markers.

The banks robbed were the First National and the Freestone Savings Bank. In each case the cashier was held up by [a] gunman while a second robber entered the vault and gathered in all the cash in sight. The two banks are in the same building and were looted at 10:20 a.m., with many people passing along the streets ignorant of the holdup.

A woman employee of the Freestone Bank gave an alarm to the police but the robbers had made their escape before the officers could arrive.

From The Evening Review (East Liverpool, Ohio), Saturday, August 21, 1920.
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