Police called after bank worker wrote 'HELP' on door as joke

Posted: Updated:

NEWTOWN (AP) - Police say a bank employee was cited after writing "HELP" on fogged-up glass on the front door as a joke.

The Hartford Courant reports police were called to the Wells Fargo Bank in Newtown Friday morning after a customer saw the message and called 911.

Police say officers who responded saw nothing unusual as employees prepared to open the bank. When officers asked about the message, a manager said one of the workers had written it as a joke.

A police spokesman said it was "not funny in any way" and that officers feared a robbery or hostage situation was taking place.

The employee was cited with creating a public disturbance.

The bank is less than 2 miles from the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Photos

    2018 FIFA World Cup Photos

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.

  • Premiere of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

    Premiere of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

    The premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12 in Los Angeles, California.The premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12 in Los Angeles, California.
    The premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12 in Los Angeles, California.The premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12 in Los Angeles, California.

    The premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12 in Los Angeles, California.

    The premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12 in Los Angeles, California.

  • 2018 US Open Photos

    2018 US Open Photos

    News 12's Kevin Maher takes a fan photo ahead of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.News 12's Kevin Maher takes a fan photo ahead of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

    News 12 wants to see your photos from the US Open! Share them on Twitter and Instagram with #N12USOpen.

    News 12 wants to see your photos from the US Open! Share them on Twitter and Instagram with #N12USOpen.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."