Milford police nab Teardrop Bandit in connection with bank robbery

Police have charged a Rhode Island man known as the “Teardrop Bandit” with robbing a Milford bank last month.

On Sept. 10, the Milford Police Department in conjunction with the East Providence Rhode Island Police Department took custody of Robert Chadronet, 37, of 400 North Broadway, East Providence, R.I., in connection with a bank robbery at People’s United Bank, 1636 Boston Post Road in Milford, on Aug. 18.

Chadronet, who is known as the “Teardrop Bandit” from a string of previous bank robberies, walked into People’s United Bank at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 18, and handed the bank teller a note stating he had a weapon and wanted the money from the teller’s draw, Milford police said. The teller then handed Chadronet the cash and Chadronet fled the scene.

According to the Patriot Ledger, a newspaper in Massachusetts, Chadronet is known as “The Teardrop Bandit” because of a distinctive tattoo he wore under his eye. Another publication referred to it as a "temporary tattoo."

According to the Sun Chronicle, another Massachusetts newspaper, “a decade ago Chadronet was suspected in a series of bank robberies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including banks in Mansfield and Foxboro. In 2008, Chadronet was sentenced to prison for robbing the Citizens Bank branch inside Stop & Shop on Route 106 and the TD Banknorth branch in Foxboro in 2005.”

In 2010, he was sentenced to three years in prison in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire for robbing a Citizen's Bank branch in Manchester, N.H., the newspaper reported.

Chadronet was located at his residence in Rhode Island and extradited back to Connecticut for the Milford bank robbery. Chadronet is being held on $250,000 on the charges of robbery 2nd and larceny 3rd .