It took a year to get the evidence they needed to make an arrest, but Southington detectives have found the man they said was responsible for serving as a getaway driver during a 2011 robbery at Webster Bank on Queen Street.
Woodbury resident Todd Froehlich, 38, is facing charges including first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit each after a police report said evidence showed he served as the getaway driver during an April 16, 2011, robbery at the .
Froehlich, 38, immediately entered a not guilty plea to the charges after being served a warrant in New Britain Superior Court last week. He has elected to go to trial and fight the charges, as well as charges in connection with additional charges stemming from bank robberies in Newtown and Sherman in 2011.
“It was an ongoing case that the department was able to obtain a warrant for,” Sgt. Lowell DePalma said on Monday. “When the original case happened, officers were dispatched to Queen Street for a robbery involving a white male. He had handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and demanding money.”
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A police incident report from 2011 said the man later identified by police as Wolcott resident Brian Lavigne proceeded to enter a sedan that headed north toward Interstate 84 after leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.
in the case on April 19, 2011, while already in custody following his arrest during an attempted bank robbery at the Webster Bank in Newtown that led to his arrest. Police used surveillance footage to tie him to the Southington arrest.
Froehlich was able to escape police, however, following the bank robbery and proceeded to fight officers and attempted to flee again when he was approached about a week later after a robbery at the Webster Bank in Sherman. The incident led to several officers being punched, although there were no serious injuries in his arrest, state police said.
Froehlich is currently incarcerated at the Brideport Correctional Center and is facing additional charges of first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, two counts of assaulting a police officer, first-degree unlawful restraint, reckless driving and engaging police in a pursuit following the Sherman robbery.
He has entered a not guilty plea to the charges, according to court records.
Police have also charged him with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and third-degree larceny in connection with the Newtown bank robbery. He has entered not guilty pleas to those charges as well, court records showed.
Lavigne has entered a guilt plea to the robbery charge in Southington, but is fighting additional charges. He accepted a plea deal in 2011 that led to a 10-year prison sentence in the Newtown incident. The sentence would be suspended after five years in prison, according to court records.
Froehlich, who is currently being held in lieu of $250,000 in bonds, will be due back in New Britain Superior Court in July, according to court records.
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