MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police arrested two men in the span of two days, one a suspected bank robber and the other, a fugitive wanted by U.S. Marshals for suspected drug sales.
On May 16 police responded to the Bank of New England, 1589 Elm St., at 8:50 a.m. for a reported bank robbery. The bank teller told police a man presented her a note demanding cash. She described the robber to responding officers and police dispatch disseminated the information to officers on patrol. A subsequent check of the area proved fruitful for Officer Thomas Whelan, who located two men at 9:30 a.m. near Pine and Bridge streets. He recognized one of the men, and felt the other matched the description of the suspect from the earlier bank robbery.
He stopped Kevin Sigurbjartsson, 28, of Amherst Street, Manchester, and Jarod Leroux, 36, no fixed address. Following the field stop, Sigurbjartsson was released from the scene. However, Leroux was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Belknap County (for sale of a controlled drug/meth). Leroux had no involvement in the bank robbery police were investigating.
However, Officer Whelan passed along the information he gathered from Sigurbjartsson to Detective Justin Mangum, who ultimately connected Sigurbjartsson to the bank robbery and Detective Mangum completed an arrest warrant for Sigurbjartsson, who was apprehended May 18 at approximately 5:45 p.m. as he approached the federal building. Sigurbjartsson was charged with unarmed robbery and was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester at 8:15 a.m. on May 19.
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