People’s Bank on Main Street Robbed at Gunpoint [UPDATED]

Two suspects displayed a handgun during a brazen afternoon robbery of People’s Bank on Wednesday afternoon, taking nearly $9,000 in cash, police said. No employees of the Main Street bank were injured during the robbery, according to a press release issued by New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro, the department’s public information officer. A 9-1-1 call came in from employees inside the bank at about 3:58 p.m., reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred inside, Ferraro said. Responding officers didn’t find the suspects there, he said. Video surveillance showed two suspects wearing masks as well as a hat and hoodie-type sweatshirt, Ferraro said.

Police: Psychiatric Calls Up, Car Crashes Down Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

New Canaan Police reported last week that car crashes are down significantly in 2020. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski told members of the Police Commission during their regular meeting Oct. 21 that motor vehicle accidents with property damage are down 41% through September of this year compared to last, from 293 to 172, while accidents with injuries are down 36% in the same period, from 33 to 21. “I think that is related to the dramatic decrease in traffic that we saw due to COVID,” Krolikowski said during the meeting, held via videoconference. 

As police anticipated, authorities also have seen a steep rise of psychiatric calls, which doubled in March amid the early weeks of the pandemic here and are up  54%, from 26 to 40 year-to-date through September. 

“That is a pretty good increase and our officers are certainly doing a great job with our crisis intervention teams and dealing with people who have pretty profound behavioral health issues that we are trying to deal with as effectively as we can,” Krolikowski said.

Letter: ‘Sculpture Tour’ Highlights New Canaan Open Space

Every once in a while, you have an experience that reminds you how wonderful it is to live in New Canaan. That happened for us when we recently toured the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, an exhibit created by the New Canaan Land Trust in partnership with the Carriage Barn Art Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The Sculpture Trail, on exhibit through the end of October, offers eight unique sculptures, all with a bit of whimsy in a variety of settings. The Trust’s map was a perfect guide, with the trails clearly marked so that the sculptures were easily found and ample parking at every location. A lot of time and effort had gone into making sure the tour would go smoothly and be an enjoyable experience.