Police Seek Public's Help In Finding Armed Robbery Suspect

Suspect allegedly accosted victim at a South Tewksbury ATM and forced her to empty her bank account.

are seeking the public's help in tracking down a man who allegedly robbed a woman at a South Tewksbury ATM on Monday.

According to a press release issued by the incident took place just before 5 p.m. at the Stoneham Bank, 2171 Main St.

The victim told police that the man approached her car while she was at the drive-thru ATM at the bank. The man displayed a dark-colored handgun and demanded that the woman empty her bank account.

According to Sheehan, the woman withdrew an undisclosed amount of money and handed it over to the man. He then told her to leave before he escaped behind the building.

The suspect is described as being a white male, between 5'8 and 6'0 tall, with dark hair, dark eyes and thick eyebrows. The victim told police the man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, a blue bandana and blue surgical gloves.

After receiving the call from the victim at 4:57 p.m., multiple police units responded to the scene and established a perimeter, according to Sheehan. The Tewksbury Police K-9 unit was called in, as were State Police and the State Police Airwing unit for an aerial search. A reverse 911 call was also sent out to residents in surrounding neighborhoods with a description of the man. A door-to-door canvassing of the surrounding area was also done.

According to Sheehan, the search continued for several hours but the suspect was not located.

The Tewksbury Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen something or has any knowledge of the incident to call the Dispatch Center at 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous call the Tip Line at 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov




R Miano May 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Seems to be a lot of local residence that live near the bank that never got a call. I think it might be time to look into The "CodeRED" system. The public should have been more informed if a guy with a gun is running around peoples yards while most are outside with kids having a BBQ. I back the TPD but this one might have been a little mistake. Also do we know for sure that TPD was speaking to this man at one point and let him go?
CM9 May 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM
We never got a reverse 911 call either and we live right across 38 and can see the bank from our backyard. The helicopter circled over our house for well over an hour or more. When we heard the security alarm start going off at Jim Boudreau's we locked all our doors. It was nerveracking not knowing what was happening. Now did we really need reverse 911 for a parade that happens every year?
Lynn May 30, 2012 at 02:02 PM
no reverse 911 call for us either and we had K9 dogs and police walking up and down our street.
Mary May 30, 2012 at 02:10 PM
This is a failure when it comes to the Reverse 911 system. We get a message once in awhile when a street is being closed down for construction, but not one for a personal safety reason. This is terrible! What's up with this?
denise May 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM
WOW>...CM9...same thing for us! i got a little freaked out hearing the alarm...that is when the kids had to come in...glad the 'guy' didnt come thru my yard...my dog would have had a field day!


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