Windsor man pleads not guilty to Hartford bank robbery

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) The man who police say robbed a Hartford bank this week appeared before a judge in White River Junction Friday afternoon.

Stephen Lynch

Police say Stephen Lynch, 28, walked into the Mascoma bank Monday afternoon and handed a teller a note demanding $5,000. Lynch was eventually taken into custody in Massachusetts after the car he was riding in was stopped on Interstate 91.

Lynch is charged with larceny from a person, a felony which carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years behind bars.

"In Vermont there is no bank robbery statute. The legislature has considered bank robbery proposals in the past, and this is a good example of a case where without that statute, larceny from a person is the charge that we have at this time," said Deputy Windsor County State's Attorney Ward Goodenough.

Lynch entered a plea of not guilty. He is being held on $200,000 cash bail. Prosecutors say additional charges related to the case could be coming.