Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
December 30, 2011
    On 11/18/11, at 4:53 p.m., State Police Troopers and State Police Detectives assigned to the Central District Major Crime Squad responded to the First Niagara Bank, located at 63 Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex after receiving a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

   Approximately two hours prior to this bank robbery, the Madison Police Department reported that the Liberty Bank in their town was robbed by a lone white male with a surgical mask covering his face.

   In addition, the North Branford Police Department had been actively investigating a similar bank robbery that had occurred in their town on 10/15/11.

   State Police Detectives worked in conjunction with the Madison and North Branford Police Departments in developing leads in these similar bank robberies.  Detectives uncovered investigative leads and evidence that developed the identity of a suspect. A search and seizure warrant was obtained from Superior Court and the suspect’s vehicle was seized during the course of this investigation. The suspect has been tied to three bank robberies. Accused Bishop citied financial difficulties as the driving force of committing these robberies

   Detectives obtained an arrest warrant from Middletown Superior Court for the arrest of the accused. On 12/30/11, the accused surrendered to State Police at Troop F in Westbrook after learning of the arrest warrant.   

ARRESTED: Christopher Bishop, DOB: 09/11/74

                 41 Phillips Court, East Haven, CT

CHARGES:  Robbery 3rd

                 Larceny 2nd

   Bishop was held on a court-set $150,000 bond.  Bishop will appear in Middletown Superior Court today 12/30/11 for an arraignment.


LT. J. Paul Vance