Police: Bank robber tries to impress Taylor Swift with stolen cash

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(Ansonia Police Department/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Bruce Rowley, of Derby, is charged with robbing an Ansonia bank on April 4. (Ansonia Police Department/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Bruce Rowley, of Derby, is charged with robbing an Ansonia bank on April 4.

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP/Meredith) — Police say a Connecticut man with a crush on singer Taylor Swift robbed a bank and then went to the pop star's Rhode Island mansion where he threw cash over a fence in an attempt to impress her.

Bruce Rowley, of Derby, is charged with robbing an Ansonia bank on April 4.

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Police say "it seemed he wanted to propose" to Swift, so he drove about 60 miles to Westerly, Rhode Island, and started throwing some of the roughly $1,600 he's charged with stealing over Swift's fence.

Rowley was pursued by Rhode Island State Police back to Connecticut where he was arrested. That's where he allegedly told police about his plan.

The 26-year-old Rowley was held on $100,000 bond at his arraignment Friday. Online Connecticut court records don't list a defense attorney.

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The Ansonia Police Department released a statement on Facebook about the crime:

On April 5, 2018 Bruce Rowley, age 26, of Chapel Street in Derby was arrested by warrant for Robbery Second Degree and Larceny Fourth Degree. Rowley’s arrest came after two people identified him as the person who robbed the Webster Bank at 200 Division Street in Ansonia on April 4, 2018.

After identifying Rowley as the person involved in the robbery, detectives obtained an arrest warrant and search warrants for Rowley, his residence and the car Rowley used during the robbery, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Ansonia Police Department entered the Jeep into a nationwide database as wanted.

Rhode Island State Police found Rowley driving the Jeep south on Interstate 95 and attempted to stop the car. Rowley refused to stop and engaged the Rhode Island State Police in a pursuit that eventually entered Connecticut. Troopers from the Connecticut State Police Troop E in Montville joined in the pursuit. The pursuit ended at exit 89 on I-95 in Connecticut after troopers used spike strips to flatten the tires on Rowley’s Jeep. While being taken into custody a Rhode Island State Police K9 bit Rowley in the arm.

After Rowley’s arrest, he confessed to committing the robbery. Rowley was held on a $100,000.00 bond and transported to Derby Superior Court for arraignment on April 6, 2018.

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