A Connecticut man accused of robbing a bank in Ansonia allegedly told police that he committed the robbery to impress Taylor Swift.
Bruce Rowley, 26, was arrested Thursday, a day after police said he robbed Webster Bank. According to the Hartford Courant, Rowley allegedly drove to Swift’s Rhode Island home and threw some of the $1,600 he stole over her fence.
“It seemed he wanted to propose to her,” Ansonia Police spokesman Lieutenant Patrick Lynch told the newspaper. “But she wasn’t home when he went there. He said he threw some of the money over a fence to impress her.”
WVIT reported that local police had issued an arrest warrant for Rowley and a search warrant for his Derby home and 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rhode Island police spotted the suspect driving in his Jeep on Interstate 95, which led to a chase that reportedly continued into Connecticut.
The pursuit ended at exit 89 on I-95 in Connecticut after Connecticut state troopers used spike strips to puncture the Jeep’s tires, according to the news station.
On his way to the police station, Rowley reportedly admitted to robbing the bank because he had a “crush” on Swift and that he tried to contact the singer before throwing cash over her fence. Rowley said he also planned “on donating some of the money he stole to the Ansonia Police Department,” police said.
While police have been able to locate some of the money, they haven’t found the money Rowley claims to have thrown over Swift’s fence, according to the Courant.
Rowley was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny. He’s due back in court on May 8.
PRESS RELEASEOn April 5, 2018 Bruce Rowley, age 26, of Chapel Street in Derby was arrested by warrant for Robbery…
[Featured Image: Bruce Rowley/Ansonia Police Department]