Police: Derby Man Robbed Ansonia Bank

Ansonia police said a 26-year-old Derby man admitted to robbing a bank on Division Street Thursday.

Bruce Rowley was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny.

He was charged after two people identified him in widely-circulated photos from Thursday’s robbery.

Police used that information to get a search warrant for Rowley’s Jeep and his residence. Police also put out a nationwide alert, telling other cops to be on the lookout for the Jeep.

His Jeep was spotted on Interstate 95 south in Rhode Island Thursday by a Rhode Island state trooper, but Rowley allegedly would not pull over.

He led police on a chase south into Connecticut, where state police out of Montville joined in.

“The pursuit ended at exit 89 on I-95 in Connecticut after troopers used spike strips to flatten the tires on Rowley’s Jeep,” Ansonia Police Lt. Patrick Lynch said. “While being taken into custody a Rhode Island State Police (dog) bit Rowley in the arm.”

Police said Rowley admitted to robbing the Webster Bank. He is scheduled to be arraigned today (Friday, April 6).

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