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Darien Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested In California

Ronald Willette, 55, who is accused of robbing a bank in Darien last year, has been arrested in California. Willette was nabbed on a bank robbery charge unrelated to the Darien case. Police said that when his sentence is served in San Diego, Willette will likely be brought up on charges in the Darien robbery.

Police said Willette entered a Darien Bank of America on the morning of April 12, 2010, and handed the teller a note demanding money. Police said he did not display or imply that he had a weapon, and he also wore a blue yarmulke, which was likely just a distraction. After receiving an undisclosed sum of money from the teller, he left. Police identified him based on evidence left at the scene and descriptions from bank employees.

Darien police said Willette has an extensive criminal background dating to 1972. He has been arrested five times on charges of robbery, burglary, larceny, assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation. At one point, he had an address in Connecticut but has moved all over the country.

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