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.

Wind Dummy 25 September 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Doing a bank is serious business. Druggies or local junkies don't have the skills or the means. Breaking into store fronts is a low skill crime, or cheap petty larceny. Like smashing car windows for toll change and small electronics. Bank guys are usually intelligent, and during crap extended economies like this latest lengthy BS, some inexperienced poor slobs will take the risk to save their worlds, or feed their families and the house. Many make the mistake a single bank draw will get them at least $5,000 - $10,000 per bank. Fact is it's less and now with less tellers draws are less stocked. You'll see these guys and gals on month long sprees, solid planning is essential and SOBER not like midnight local door kickers. If your doing banks you most definitely know that all sorts of agencies will be on you and chances are they have a profile on them from somewhere else. If you get out of the dragnet, within the 1st 5-10 minutes, your good for awhile but leave a sent. The time they face is usually lengthy even if you don't produce a gun. A note will get you 10-15 years 1st offense. Larceny in the night with no weapon is low priority. Druggies just end up drying out for a while in minimum security. Bank/ armored car guys get the big house if not worse. Don't minimize these people, these are desperate times for our people who will do anything to get their hands on some significant dough and not just to buy some worthless pot... NNyyahh see.
Tim September 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Wind Dummy .... You are not 100% correct again .. Local Druggies do Hold Up banks.. Want some names .. I can give you some names if you would like ? We have a methadone clinic right in the Center .. What I wanna know who was the officer ? Don't just go blaming the driver of the other car so quick ..
Coco September 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Tim, I agree, I have enough Policemen coming into my business confirming just that!. The drugs in this town is pretty big and 'worthless pot" is the least of our worries.... I haven't heard an update about the Policemen, I hope he's ok....
Tim September 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
He is ok from what I have been told ..If this guy believes they are robbing banks for Pot that's how out of touch he is ... OxyMorons .. Funny thing the Cops know who one of the biggest dealers in this town and they aren't doing a Damn thing about it.... It's a SHAME... Well here goes to me or my wife getting pulled over oh well
Drew September 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"no won"?? I quess grammar isn't your best subject.
Drew September 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Who??..... the cop or the woman?? The woman obviously thought she could negotiate the turn and I don't know what the cop was thinking.
Wind Dummy 25 September 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
When was the last time a local druggie robbed a bank...If you have names I suggest you send em to the FBI. That's there department. Come on, or should I say got away with it? If these local druggies are loose robbing banks over and over what does that say about our cops?!
Coco September 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The cops make arrests and then the criminal is back out in the street shortly after. The cops get very discouraged by the system these days. The business owners in town that have had break in's feel the same way...they arrest someone and then see the punk walking by there business taunting them. I speak from experience ( and I'm not alone).
Wind Dummy 25 September 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I thought we will we're discussing bank robbery. People that Rob banks are not just let out on the street shortly after. Petty larceny is a different story.
Annmarie September 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
people are desperate wether it be for drugs or to feed their families...he will rob again and he will get caught and they will tie him to this robbery he won't get away for long, he is obviously not playing with a full 52 to even rob a bank in the first place..
Wind Dummy 25 September 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM
One more time...People who rob banks are not druggies or junkies>>>Far from it.... I owned & operated a liquor store in Back bay for 10 years and dealt with all sorts of CHEAP PETTY larceny. Also armed robbery, assaults, shop lifters, bums, window crashers, underage stupid students, you name it. I finally solved a ton of problems by hiring a private response agency at my expense. Do you even think small crime registers anywhere on the police screen? NO...Why? Judges don't want anything to do with them. Why? It cost budget money to deal with them... I had a bank robber from Texas shoot 2 BPD cops in front of my store when he was accidentally discovered in town above my shop casing banks by BPD looking for John's shaking down prostitutes.. He got away and they found him years later in Mexico, guess what he was doing, robbing banks. He's doing life now in Mass. If he had kept his cool he'd be free now. He is typical of bank guys calculating and doing there thing. Most bank robbers are playing with all 52, believe me...Tim your all washed up on this. http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2011_0322family_finally_hears_killer_admit_he_did_it_bsister_finds_solace_23_years_laterb
SteveJ September 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM
"Why would schools need to be locked down!?!?!?!" Seriously? Because they're filled with children and no security to speak of. Oh, and don't forget Columbine and the many other school shootings.
Mike mass September 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Wild dummy, you are not 100 percent correct. I am a recovering drug addict, I know 3 guys personally that robbed banks and they were nothing more than drug addicts. They will do anything for money when there sick. You will not rob your dealer because you need your dealer, so when u get money you can get your drug. One other thing, if you rob a bank in mass you do not usually get 10-15 years. 5-7 is more like it.
George Leu September 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Boy you people have no lives, your all kind of sad. Tim really?? I'm mean really!!
Wind Dummy 25 September 29, 2012 at 01:07 AM
OK Sorry the % of professional bank robbers doing complex bank robberies when they are caught is 20 years. If your a stumbling drug attic doing a neighborhood bank without a weapon, probably less...Whateveah reason your attempting a bank robbery it's federally insured moolah.and you will do time. Don't let me confuse the reasons for bank robbery, if you do hit it well on a robbery, compounding the gains is usually done with drug investment. People on drugs at the time ,don't usually do banks. So your correct I'm not 100% right.... But junkies are not good bank robbers. During troubled times like this mess we're in, more often the average slob needs cash for other reasons other than doing drugs. However I also know junkies that have taken out their dealers, no loss of dealers out there unfortunately.
Donald Mei September 29, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Doing a bank is a piece of cake. Tellers and managers are trained to be 100% compliant with any requests for money. Bank employees are fired if they put up any resistance, even verbal resistance. Further, the badguy doesn't need to flash or even allude to a weapon to gain this compliance. All he has to do is demand money. Its ridiculous. It reminds me of how things were on airplanes before 9/11. But while "doing a bank" is a piece of cake, actually getting to use the cash is another thing. The die packs are very small and smart these days. The banks have transmitters in them. When the packs get a sufficient distance from the banks, they go off. I've also seen first hand what appeared to be a smoke bomb go off as a robber ran by me. It was actually funny. He started to freak out when orange smoke started coming out of his bag. Finally, while the die packs contain ink you can see, some also contain an ink that doesn't show up until you shine a special light on it. This makes it so the perp doesn't know where to scrub to get it off. They can find the ink on a guy several days after the robbery. Cool stuff. So no doingthe job is easy. Getting away with it is hard.
Donald Mei September 29, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Aren't doing anything about it, or CAN'T do anything about it. I'm sure they would love to arrest this guy, and will once they have enough on him to prosecute him. An arrest without successful prosecution is just a waste of time.
Donald Mei September 29, 2012 at 01:58 AM
You're kidding right? Especially if no weapon or threat of a weapon was used, its purely a property crime. So the judge will set a reasonable bail for a property crime. Then the guy is out on the street a day later. Sure, he's awaiting trial, but he's still out.
Annmarie September 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
This guy obviously really needed money and fast he got 312.00 really wasn't worth his time but I'm sure he's feeling brave he got away with it and he will try somewhere else and get caught because he's feeling this time will be it..watch in 3 weeks he will be caught maybe even sooner.. Now who cares if he's a junkie or not the fact that this stuff is happening in small towns like ours is because things have to change the economy and the goverment we live under right now is a mess and only gonna get worse if things continue... in east arlington there's homes being robbed while people are working.. what does that say people are stealing to survive be it drugs or food,or gas or booze doesn't matter its tough to survive let alone live and have a family people are doing messed stuff to get what they need. And you'll probably be reading about all kinds of stuff like this even more as the economy goes downward.... wow that is depressing isn't it
Wind Dummy 25 September 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM
http://wilmington.patch.com/articles/accused-bank-robber-held-without-bail-more-charges-pending Check this one out...Many reasons for bank robbery, and I think this is the saddest. Note the bail on this one Donald, Tim. Some of my brother and sisters are hurting and this is what happens when the system fails them. Pain and confusion are a terrible mix. I don't think this is our guy though, something about Citizens though. Probably an excellent soldier but a poor civilian and bank robber it. You guys that think bank robbery is easy, I'm not saying to try it, but to even begin planning a robbery has a major rush element attached. If your an occasional pro you can get away with much more cash with accomplices. Problem with using others in these capers is the snitch factor
Tim September 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
HEY WIND BAG you are right about the system failed . Shame on the OBAMA admin . If these people were hurt in the war they should get all the treatment they can get. BUT just because he claims he has PTSD it gives him a free pass to rob banks. The way I see it the article just supports what I said earlier. Another Drug addict robbing a bank. This robbery in Arlington was not done by a professional bank robber, more like some junkies that have been hagning out in Arlington center. Ever see the movie the "The Town" ? I peronally know the real players of that movie
Wind Dummy 25 September 30, 2012 at 02:39 PM
From Charlestown then Timmy?...I grew up in the "Ville" I'll be in lower Broadway later watching some football. After I replace an efing brake line in the rain for an ungrateful friend Drat! I keep throwing and you keep missing, professional bank robbers (and Charlestown was full of them in the day) are not junkies. They may enjoy a little illicit, but not junkies. So you have to know this right? If your caught you get big jail big bond.. Junkie Pro PTSD or not. Junkies get caught almost every time and they are very few. PTSD guys are even fewer.The fact that this guy in Arlington masked up, jumped the counter, loaded his own bag, left pretty quickly and jumped fences leads me to think he was sober and may not have been a junkie, I don't know. A dye pact got in the bag was his only mistake. Bet he had a car stashed on Revere and on RT2 soon after.
Tim September 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Wind Bag, where in the world did I say I was from Charlestown? I am from this town , I just happened to know many of the good ole guys and gal from Charlestown and East Ville. See growing up and living here you know some of the local law enforcement folks. Without giving up too much I can tell you that this hold up was not done by a Pro Bank robber,This Clown mad way to many mistakes to be a pro, and thats all I am going to say. I never said that Townie Bank Robbers were junkies. Although the KnunckleHead that Held the Bank Up in Arlington was, Lower Broadway ?? What are you watching a soccer game on espn deporte?
Donald Mei September 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thats crazy. We had a Level 3 sex offender named Charles Lovejoy move into the neighborhood recently. Fortunately he's gone, but he did 20 months (if memory serves me right, but definitely no more than 24 months) for raping a 9 yr old girl. Crazy.
Wind Dummy 25 September 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I just asked you if you're from Charlestown. Timmy. Well I did grow up in that area. And I knew them all. Cops and robbers alike. No self respecting robber from that area wood trust any junkie or druggy on a job. The fact that this guy got away tells me he was some what accomplished. I'll just ignore that last remark of yours. I'm afraid I'm done with this. You're a bit of a wise guy, thought I was conversing with someone who new a little bit
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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