Man Charged In Christmas Eve 2021 Darien Bank Robbery: Joshua Riley Arrested

Accident – Death – Obituary News : DARIEN, CT — The Darien Police Department announced on Tuesday that a 42-year-old man has been charged in connection with a bank robbery that occurred nearly two years ago in Darien on Christmas Eve. Joshua Riley, a resident of Bellingham, Massachusetts, was apprehended by Darien police officers on November 10th at the Old Colony Correction Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

According to a news release from the Darien Police Department, Riley has been charged with second-degree robbery in relation to the incident that took place on December 24, 2021. The arrest warrant was secured on January 26, 2022, with a court-set bond of $250,000. Riley is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on November 20th.

The bank robbery in question took place at the Peoples Bank located on Old Kings Highway North. Darien police officers responded to the bank after an alarm was activated. While en route, the officers received information that a GPS tracker from the bank was on the move, heading northbound on Interstate-95.

Upon arrival, the bank manager informed the police that a man, later identified as Riley, had entered the bank and jumped over the counter without saying a word. The swift and silent nature of the robbery raised concerns among the bank staff, prompting the activation of the alarm.

The GPS tracker provided real-time updates on the suspect’s location and indicated that it was heading towards Sherwood Island in Westport. Following this lead, law enforcement officers discovered an unoccupied blue car in a parking lot on Sherwood Island. The car was registered to someone who claimed to have lent it to Riley.

During a thorough search of the vehicle, detectives found $2,746 in cash, along with two GPS trackers that were hidden within the money packs. These findings further solidified the connection between Riley and the bank robbery.

The investigation into the bank robbery remained active for nearly two years, with the Darien Police Department working diligently to gather evidence and build a case against Riley. The arrest warrant was finally obtained earlier this year, leading to his recent apprehension in Massachusetts.

The authorities are relieved to have made this breakthrough in the case and are hopeful that justice will be served. Riley’s arrest brings closure to the bank and its employees, who have endured the aftermath of the robbery for an extended period.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the community of Darien remains vigilant, demonstrating their resilience in the face of adversity. The Darien Police Department encourages residents to stay informed about local events and news. To receive free, real-time updates from Patch, residents can sign up for their newsletters and alerts on the Patch website.

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