EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 3, 2014

Cops nab alleged bank robber who parked getaway car behind police station

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Surveillance cameras, diligent investigation and an apparent lack of common sense on the part of the suspect combined to bring about the arrest of an alleged bank robber yesterday afternoon.

Louis Anthony Colon, 47, listed as homeless, was arrested at 200 Hilldale Ave. at 4 p.m. and charged with unarmed robbery in connection with the heist at TD Bank, 153 Merrimack St., at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. Colon, held without bail pending his arraignment in Haverhill District Court this morning, parked his getaway car in a lot behind the police station, authorities said.

Detectives used surveillance cameras, both the bank’s and the city’s, to obtain a partial plate number of the suspected getaway car as well as the color, make and model of the vehicle, according to Detective Lt. Robert Pistone.

The partial plate number was enhanced with camera software allowing detectives to run Registry of Motor Vehicles database queries on green Ford Focuses containing that information, Pistone said. This led detectives to 200 Hilldale Ave, where they set up surveillance yesterday morning and captured the suspect as he was attempting to enter the same car used in the bank robbery, the lieutenant said.

The suspect is believed to have acted alone and is seen on the Haverhill Police Department external surveillance cameras parking his getaway vehicle in the city lot directly behind the station.

“It appears that the suspect drove down Emerson Street into Washington Square, took a left onto Merrimack Street, then a left onto How Street and parked his getaway car in the city lot behind the Haverhill police station. The suspect then walked up How Street, took a left onto Bailey Boulevard, a left onto Emerson Street and a left onto Merrimack Street where he waited approximately five minutes in front of TD Bank,” Pistone said.

Colon entered the bank, robbed it, then walked toward How Street, where he entered his getaway car, Pistone said. The suspect can be seen on the camera running up How Street to his car, then fleeing in his vehicle at a high rate of speed on How Street past the police station.

This is the fourth bank robbery in Haverhill in the past few months, Pistone noted. Each one has been solved in less than 48 hours “due to the outstanding dedication and professionalism displayed in each of these case where the Haverhill police were able to make excellent use of the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced training that Chief (Alan) DeNaro has brought to the Haverhill Police Department and its officers,” he said.

“The Haverhill police would also like to thank The Eagle-Tribune for their continued cooperation and commitment to improving public safety by getting breaking news and suspect information immediately out to the public through electronic media. Although this case wasn’t solved through anonymous tips, many of the other robberies were solved with the assistance of The Eagle-Tribune and they once again got breaking information out to the public on this robbery,” Pistone said.

Pistone, Detective Sgt. Meaghan Buckley and Detectives Penny Portalla and Glenn Fogarty arrested Colon.