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




denise May 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I live with in viewing distance of this bank i never reseved a reverse 911 about this...also, i hope the dummy that was lighting fireworks last night at bedtime got in trouble too!!
JSharp20 May 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Didn't receive a reverse 911 either, but I did receive a txt, email, and phone call about the parade. Great use of the emergency list thus far.
Kathleen Brothers May 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
We live within walking distance and never got a call. We were wondering about all the state police helicopters flying around.
SD From T-Bury May 29, 2012 at 08:13 PM
The helicopter went over my house many times, but no reverse 911 call!!! I was having a BBQ and had several small children running around the yard. Would have been nice to know what was going on. Didn't get the parade call either.
TomH May 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
no reverse 911 call was made to the neighbors. We found out what was going on via scanner. Also, thanks neighbors for lighting off fireworks that sounded like rifle shots. I'm sure the police appreciated visiting the neighborhood again.
sum yung guy May 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Robbers always get away in tewksbury what i dont get is they were speaking to the robber then let him go? Someone yelled and said thats him but tewksburys finest is at it again...
sum yung guy May 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Oh and we never got a reverse call.. And were right behind the bank
whatmethinks May 30, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Tewks88 May 30, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Live within walking distance from bank - saw helicopter circling, but never received reverse 911
Steevo May 30, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I'm sorry but I enjoyed reading these comments lol.
Who Me? May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I wonder if the surveillance video will show anything......I'm having a hard time getting my head around this story..........
Susan Bishop May 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM
No reverse 911, email or text came to my house and we saw the helicopters right over us.
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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