A man accused of robbing three New Haven banks in one week was arrested Wednesday morning outside of a motel with the help of a cab driver who remembered dropping him off there, police said.
Andre Stephon Edwards, 40, of Grandview Avenue in Hamden, was arrested outside the Econo Lodge motel on Highland Street in West Haven, police said. The charges against him were not available.
Edwards is accused of robbing the Key Bank on Church Street on Nov. 6, the Webster Bank on Whalley Avenue on Nov. 11 and the Key Bank on Grand Avenue on Nov. 13, police said. He walked out with an unspecified amount of cash each time, police said.
In all three cases, Edwards allegedly fled the scene in hired taxi cabs. In one case, the cab drove Edwards to and from the bank robbery, police said.
The taxi driver used in the third robbery was able to remember Edwards’ destination, police said. The driver had driven Edwards to the Econo Lodge motel.
“Detectives Jessica Stone and Michael DeFonzo took up the investigation. With clear surveillance images and the uniqueness of using taxicabs to flee the scene of the crime, they set out to determine if the three robberies were committed by the same man. They were,” said David Hartman, spokesman of the New Haven Police Department.
Hartman said West Haven officers and New Haven officer met at the motel to “scope the place out.”
“The timing was perfect,” Hartman said, “The suspect [Edwards] strolled in and was arrested.”
In a statement, Assistant Chief Achilles “Archie” Generoso praised detectives Stone and DeFronzo.
“We owe a debt of gratitude, not only to Detectives Stone and DeFonzo, but the entire unit, the patrol officers and the expert assistance from the West Haven PD. We’re thankful the robber was apprehended hastily and before someone was harmed,” he said.