Police Continue Search For Bank Robber

Police across the North Shore are following up leads that may lead to the capture of a bank robber that allegedly hit banks in Swampscott and Marblehead Tuesday.

One day after a , the image of what happened on Pleasant Street Tuesday afternoon has gotten clearer. This morning, Police Chief Robert Picariello said the investigation into the robbery is ongoing and police officers are following up on leads provided by local residents.

Surveillance photos from the and one committed in show that the clothing used in both robberies were identical.

Here is a step-by-step look at how the police responded to the robbery, according to information released by Picariello Wednesday morning.

At 2:33 p.m., police received a 911 call from Bank of America reporting a robbery. The caller offered a similar description to a suspect who had just attempted to rob a bank in Swampscott. The man was described as being a white man, about 6' 4" tall, with a 5 o'clock shadow. He was said to be wearing blue latex gloves and a blue bandanna over his face.

After checking the adjacent woods and all of the houses along the roadway, police received word that National Grand Bank had a white motor vehicle, matching the description of one used in the Swampscott robbery, speed through their parking lot around the same time police units were on their way to the Bank of America.

Police continued to receive word that a white older model four-door sedan was speeding through town, using one-ways in the wrong direction. One resident, who reported a vehicle speeding the wrong way down Raymond Road, said there were two people inside of the car.

In the minutes following the robbery, police looked at a car behind Cafe Italia with a white jacket and gray hooded sweatshirt containing a ripped $20 bill in the back seat, but that vehicle was later cleared from any involvement.

Police used K-9 units to search Steer Swamp after receiving a word that the suspect may have fled there. They also received word from a woman who said they saw a man without a shirt on, in his 20's, who was acting suspiciously. That report also checked out a short while later.

At 4:28 p.m., a woman said a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt in a white Rav4 asked her for directions out of town and she gave him the wrong directions and called police. That vehicle, she said, had a New Hampshire license plate.

By 4:36 p.m., police had called off the search in Steer Swamp and returned to canvassing the town for residents who may have seen something. At 4:50 p.m., the fire department had a man come in to report that he saw a man with blond hair and a beard, wearing a light sweatshirt, khaki pants and boots walking on Lafayette Street towards Salem.

Soon after, the owner of a local business said that he had a man come into his store to purchase a scooter at about 2:45 p.m. The man, who the owner said had a beard, was about 6 feet tall wearing a green sweatshirt, khaki pants and aviator glasses.

Residents with any information about the robbery or who may have seen someone who matches the suspect's description Tuesday afternoon are encouraged to contact the .

johnny 50 April 27, 2011 at 05:26 PM
blah blah blah same old story
Sarah April 28, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Peter Lake, LAKE Real Estate April 28, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Another surprising aspect of this is the nonchalance and cooperation of the bank teller. After a guy comes in wearing a hood and mask the teller doesn't dive for the floor and ring the alarm, but instead reads a note demanding money, sees no gun and GIVES UP THE MONEY! If I saw the criminal (he's not a "suspect" -- he's a genuine out-and-out CRIMINAL!) come into the bank dressed like that I'd suspect a little foul play might be ahead. Instead, we have this likely scenario: HOODED CRIMINAL Hi, how you doing? TELLER Fine, thanks. What can we do for you today? HOODED CRIMINAL Gimme your money. TELLER Do you have a gun? HOODED CRIMINAL Maybe. TELLER Can I see it? HOODED CRIMINAL No. TELLER How about a note? HOODED CRIMINAL I got a note. TELLER It says you want money. How would like that? Large bills? HOODED CRIMINAL Yeah. And don't put one of those dye things in the money. TELLER OK. Here's your money. HOODED CRIMINAL Thanks. And don't come running out to look at my license plate, either. TELLER OK. Have a nice day.
Sandy Cross April 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Anyone heard of road blocks?
Ethos April 28, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Mr. Lake,please don't give us desperate folks any ideas like how easy it is to rob a bank. I'm just really glad that no one got killed or even seriously hurt. And kids, don't try this.


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