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RICHMOND — A license plate stolen in New London helped lead police to a Richmond man wanted in connection with an October 2017 bank robbery in Connecticut.

Richmond police on Monday arrested Leif S. Anderson, 40, of 4 Cul-De-Sac Drive, as a fugitive from justice after his wife was involved in a traffic stop on Wood River Drive. The license plate on the vehicle she was driving was reported as stolen from New London on Feb. 1

The driver, Connie Anderson, later told police she was unaware that the plates had been stolen, but she was charged with one count of receiving stolen goods under $1,500. She was issued a summons to appear for arraignment at a later date, the police said.

The Richmond police had been alerted that a local resident was wanted on charges, including second-degree robbery, stemming from an Oct. 3, 2017, robbery at the United Bank in Colchester, Conn. At the time of the incident, the Connecticut State Police reported that the suspect had entered the bank, inside Stop & Shop, and showed a note demanding money before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No weapon was shown or implied, police said.

After obtaining a warrant, the state police said they learned that Leif Anderson was living in Richmond and officers there were asked to look for a 2000 Jeep Cherokee. They found it Monday night on Wood River Drive with plates that did not belong to the Jeep.

Rhode Island judicial records indicate that Anderson, in his arraignment Tuesday in Fourth Division District Court, had waived his right to an extradition hearing. He was held without bond at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston pending the outcome of a status conference scheduled for Friday.

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