Bank Robbery Suspect and Accused Accomplice Caught, Arraigned

Police said Shane Parsons and another man accused of helping him are to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Waterbury today.

Waterbury police have caught two men accused of robbing the Newtown Savings Bank, and the two were arraigned today, officials said.

Shane Parsons, 36, whose last known address was in Newtown was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. Carl Valluzzo, 37, whose last known address was in Bethel, has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

They were ordered held on $300,000 bond. They were arraigned only on charges in connection with a hold-up of the Waterbury Webster Bank Thursday morning. They also are expected to be charged with allegedly robbing  the Newtown bank later Thursday, as well as a Naugatuck Savings Bank in Naugatuck earlier on Tuesday, police said.

Parsons allegedly walked into the Newtown Savings Bank on Main Street at around 11:30 a.m., passed a note to the teller saying that he had a gun and demanding money before leaving with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

Parsons, and another man accused of driving a getaway car, were arrested in Bridgeport by Waterbury and Bridgeport police late yesterday, police said.

A bank customer who followed Parsons out of the Webster Bank after his suspiscions were raised was able to take down the license plate number of the getaway car, which was registered to Valluzzo, officials said.

The two were tracked to a Bridgeport motel, where they were arrested Thursday, officials said.

Parsons also is wanted in connection with a string of home burglaries in Newtown, Brookfield and possibly Bridgewater, police said. Westchester county police also had arrested him earlier on drug charges, officials said. He apparently has a drug addiction, according to two people who were arrested in connection with the Newtown cases, the court documents said.

Editor's note: This story has been updated from an earlier version to include the exact charges that were filed in court against Parsons and Valluzzo as well as other information on the incident. Check back for more updates on the case later.


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