Bank robber tells police he's been selling drugs as a gang member in Connecticut since he was eight years old

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - The robber who reportedly confessed to Monday’s hold up at the Mascoma Bank branch told detectives that he is a member of the Los Solidos gang from Hartford, Connecticut and that he has “been involved with them and selling drugs since he was eight years old,” according to an affidavit filed with the court.

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    Stephen Lynch, 28, formerly a resident of Windsor, was returned to Vermont on Friday afternoon where he pleaded innocent to a single felony count of larceny from a person before he was ordered held for lack of bail.

    In his affidavit, Hartford Police Detective Sgt. Scott Moody wrote that Lynch confessed to Monday afternoon’s bank robbery and also acknowledged that he is currently homeless, unemployed “and makes his money doing ‘bad things’.”

    Lynch also allegedly admitted that he is a heroin addict himself, doing upwards of 30 to 40 bags per day, and that he has been trafficking “large amounts of heroin” back and forth between Connecticut and Vermont “for an extended period of time.”

    The detective wrote that Lynch allegedly explained that “the heroin was significantly cheaper in Connecticut, allowing him to make a huge profit in Vermont.  (Lynch said) he typically makes this trip several times a week, sometimes as often as two or three times a day.”

    Lynch also raised doubts during his interview about his ties to Vermont and his likelihood of flight, telling the detective he would voluntarily waive extradition back to Vermont because “Vermont has surety as part of their bail and he will have no problem getting somebody to post bail for him in Vermont (adding that) he did not want to remain in Massachusetts while held on bail as theirs is ‘cash only’.  He indicated that once he is released he has no intentions of returning to Vermont,” the detective wrote.

    That alleged bravado towards Vermont’s bail conditions played a role  during Lynch’s arraignment Friday afternoon at the courthouse in downtown White River Junction.

    Citing that conversation with the detective, as well as his purported admission that he is on pre-trial release conditions out of New Hampshire that should have prevented him from leaving the Granite State as well as Lynch’s previous history of criminal convictions, which include failures to appear in court in the state of Connecticut and a pending February court date Lynch has in New Hampshire to face a drug charge, Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney Ward Goodenough succeeded in convincing Judge Timothy Tomasi to set bail for Lynch at $200,000.

    Lynch was also ordered not to have any contact with the three other individuals, including his girlfriend, who were in the car with him at the time they were pulled over in Massachusetts just hours after the bank in White River Junction was robbed.

    Judge Tomasi said he would consider temporarily suspending bail for Lynch so that he could attend a drug treatment program if a bed were to become available and the judge could be assured of the security situation at the rehab facility.

Stephen Lynch, 28, appeared in court Friday (Valley News pool photo by James Patterson)


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