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Arlington Police Still Seeking Thursday's Bank Robber

The suspect robbed the Citizens Bank in the Heights at about 9:50 a.m. Thursday and then fled on foot, according to police.

Arlington Police are asking for the public’s help in solving Thursday’s bank robbery at Citizens Bank in the Heights.

Police have described the suspect (pictured) as a white male, approximately 5-foot-6. He was wearing a maroon baseball hat, dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and light colored sneakers during the robbery, which police responded to at about 9:52 a.m. He also disguised himself by wearing sunglasses and covering the lower portion of his face with a dark scarf, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arlington Police at 781-643-1212.

VIDEO: Surveillance footage of the robbery

The robbery

The suspect came to the bank at 1420 Massachusetts Ave. on a bicycle, which police now have. He entered the bank from the rear entrance and proceeded to the teller window, where, in what Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan called a “brazen” and “aggressive” move, he jumped onto the counter and demanded cash from a bank employee, according to police.

The suspect did not show a weapon, but whether he had one was still under investigation Thursday afternoon, Ryan said.

“We do have some good video surveillance, not only from the bank but also from a number of retailers along Massachusetts Avenue,” Ryan told Boston’s 7 News Thursday, “so it’s actively under investigation, and we feel confident that we’ll be able to close this case.”

After the suspect received the cash, he fled the bank from the rear entrance and ran east, behind Unleashed by Petco, police said. He then hopped the back fence onto Paul Revere Road. However, that’s when dye packs, which were on timers, exploded, tainting the cash. The suspect left behind several thousand dollars near the fence, police said.

An extensive search of the area was conducted by Arlington and Lexington police officers, including at least one K-9 unit. Police scanner reports also had Massachusetts State Police Airwing on scene.

Schools were notified of the situation but were not locked down, Ryan said. “A lockdown is not necessary under these circumstances,” he said.

Arlington Police cruiser crashes

An Arlington Police officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash responding to the scene, according to Ryan.

The officer was heading toward the scene (west) on Summer Street in his cruiser with lights and sirens on when a woman traveling the opposite direction attempted to take a left turn onto Hemlock Street in front of him, Ryan said. The officer sideswiped the woman and then crashed into a stationary object, according to Ryan. The officer was transported to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Ryan said.

The woman had not been cited Thursday afternoon, but the cause of the crash was still under investigation, Ryan said.

The police cruiser sustained heavy front-end damage.

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This article was first published at 10:31 a.m. Thursday and has since be rewritten with updated information.

Tim October 01, 2012 at 12:45 AM
No Wind Dummy he got away because he was lucky .. With all the mistakes he made he should have been caught. Luck was on this guys side this time but next time he might not be as lucky ...... Who won Guatemala? or Honduras? You were in East Somerville correct??
Drew October 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
yes, he got away with it because he was lucky and nobody was around to catch him Moreover, the security at the bank sucked and the cop that was on his way to the scene crashed his car up. This guy was a druggie who wanted quick money and robbing Citizens in the heights was a snap. I have no idea what wind dummy is raving and ranting about--literally no idea.
Wind Dummy 25 October 04, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Your not in the loop there Drew...Local Junkies get caught most of the time at the scene, 8 out of 10 x's non junkies or experienced bank / armored car guys don't...You can speculate all you want about what happened, but these are the stats. I'll bet he wasn't even close to living here. Non junkies have a plan, junkies generally don't.
Tim October 04, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Well Wind Bag you are once again wrong .... I know what happened and this JUNKIE was just lucky he got away. I was told by a law enfrocement here in town what this Junkie did right after he left the bank.... HINT A professional wouldn't have done what he did... Which tells me it was some junkie looking for some quick cash for a fix....... WRONG AGAIN WIND DUMMY
Wind Dummy 25 October 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Why do you have to be such a dick Timmy? I to get cool information, probably more personal than you get yours. My guys say "We don't know what happened just speculation". But if it got in like a duck, robbed like a duck and got away like a duck...Its not a junkie duck... give it up till this guy gets nabbed and we get the facts. Then you can rag on...

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