Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said that around 11:30 a.m. Monday, a male suspect walked into the United Bank at 115 State St. with three suspicious packages.
"The robber told the teller to give him money or he would blow the bank up," Delaney added.
The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash, left the three packages - two inside the bank and one outside - and fled the scene.
The area around State and Main streets was completely shut down to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic as members of Springfield's Arson and Bomb Squad investigated the packages.
It was later determined that each package contained a brick.
Delaney added that a short time later - around 12 p.m. - another robbery was reported at the Bank of America at 1414 Main St.
"It appears that the same bank robber entered that bank while police officers were investigating the first one," he said.
The suspect in the Bank of America robbery reportedly implied that he had a weapon, and fled down Boland Way toward the Connecticut River with an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, in his late 30s or early 40s, and about 5'5" tall. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.
The investigation into both incidents remains ongoing.Copyright 2015 Western Mass News (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.