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Robber hits the same bank twice?

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Travis Merritt Travis Merritt

Police say they have caught the thief who hit a St. Albans bank for the second time in four days, but police say he didn't get away this time thanks to some onlookers who jumped into action.

It was the People's United Bank where police say some locals made a daring and courageous move stopping the thief in his tracks in the parking lot.

Police say the 911 calls started to come in just before 2 p.m. Thursday, when 33-year-old Travis Merritt allegedly jumped the counter, pushed a teller out of the way, grabbed cash and tried to take off on foot, but police say a newly hired security guard and the bank's manager took down Merritt and detained him in the parking lot with help from a third citizen.

Police say the confrontation was physical, but no one was seriously injured.

"It's pretty courageous because you really don't know if the person has a weapon or not. Obviously I wouldn't advise somebody to do something like this, but it's very, very courageous of them to put their lives in danger like that," said Lt. Ron Hoague from the St. Albans Police Department.

"I looked over to the bank and they had it all surrounded and I was like oh no, not this happening, one more time! It shocked me, so I stopped outside to take a look at what was going on and sure enough they had the bank robber inside there," said Jordan Bedard, who saw the robbery.

This is the same People's United Bank that was robbed Monday of this week and police say they are 95 percent confident that Merritt is responsible for both.

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