Cops: Home invasion, robbery plot linked to Conn. bomb scare

Feb 23, 2015 5:19 PM by CBS/AP, Photo via WFSP

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Police say a home invasion and a plot to steal money are linked to a man who was discovered strapped with an apparent explosive device near a suburban Hartford credit union Monday morning -- but the exact connection isn't yet clear.

Police surrounded the credit union in New Britain Monday morning and a bomb squad was at the scene, while officers in nearby Bristol responded to what they called a related matter at a home. The incident prompted lockdown of some schools and the closure of several heavily-traveled roadways.

Around 8 a.m. Monday, police responded to a report of a home invasion that occurred in Bristol overnight, New Britain police chief James Wardwell said at a press conference Monday afternoon. Police gathered information that the invasion was linked to an alleged scheme to steal money at the Achieve Financial Credit Union in New Britain.

Public records show the house is owned by the credit union's chief financial officer, Matthew Yussman. A bomb squad also responded to the home.

New Britain police responded to the credit union, where they discovered an unidentified man sitting in a car with what appeared to be an explosive device strapped to his body, Wardwell said. Around noon, a Connecticut State Police bomb squad was able to render the device safe.

The man was uninjured but was transported to the hospital as a precaution, according to Wardwell.

Sources told CBS affiliate WFSB that suspects invaded the Bristol home, tied a device to a man there and drove him to the credit union, ordering him to empty the vault.

Police are still searching for several suspects, Wardwell said. "We'll apprehend those responsible," he said.

Wardwell said investigators are "considering all possibilites" - including whether the man was coerced into wearing the device against his will, or was a suspect.

The device was turned over to the FBI to be analyzed.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said there was no danger to the public.

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