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Smiling Bank Teller Tips Off Police

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LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) – Police say it was a smile the teller flashed to the masked robber that helped tip them off that a robbery at New Milford bank was an inside job.

The teller, 21-year-old Serena Viccaro was ordered held Monday on $25,000 bond when she was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on charges she conspired to commit first-degree robbery and first-degree larceny.

Police say Viccaro and Preston Hanlon, the man they alleged robbed the Webster Bank in January, were involved in a relationship, and that both planned the robbery.

They say that when the 28-year-old Hanlon pointed a toy pistol at Viccaro and demanded money, she smiled at him, then handed him $2,100 in cash.

Police tell The Republican-American the couple also exchanged text messages about the heist.

Viccaro denied involvement.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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