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Haverhill

March 4, 2014

Police: Robber gave cash to ex so she could pay rent

He also used money to buy items at Dollar Store, report says

HAVERHILL — A city man charged with robbing a downtown bank on Saturday gave most of the $681 he made off with to his ex-girlfriend, who used it to pay her rent, police said.

Louis Anthony Colon, 47, told investigators that he also spent some of the stolen money at a Dollar Store on various items for the woman, whose car he had borrowed to drive downtown when he robbed the bank, according to a police report.

According to the report on file in Haverhill District Court, Colon told investigators that he robbed the TD Bank on Merrimack Street because he was “desperate for money.”

At Colon’s arraignment yesterday in Haverhill District Court on charges of unarmed robbery and driving with a suspended license, Judge Stephen Abany expressed surprise that Colon’s motive for robbing the bank wasn’t to buy drugs.

Abany noted that Colon did not appear to have any drug charges on his criminal record, which Assistant District Attorney Tom Sholds said was an extensive one.

Abany ordered Colon held on $100,000 cash bail, noting the nature of the charges against him and his lengthy criminal record.

Sholds said Colon’s criminal record is five pages long and includes multiple jail sentences and multiple charges of larceny, including for using his ex-girlfriend’s debit card to withdraw $900 without her permission and for using her car without her approval, as well as past charges of being a fugitive from justice. Sholds added that when Colon was arrested on Sunday, there was an active warrant for his arrest for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

During the robbery, Colon handed a teller a note that included misspelled words and read: “robbery, put mony in bag, no duy packs, no one gets hurt,” according to police.

The teller told police that Colon appeared to have dried blood on his fingers, which were wrapped in Band-Aids. Colon later told investigators that he wore bandages on his fingers in an attempt to obscure his fingerprints, according to police.

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