EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


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


Surveillance cameras captured images of Colon walking to and from the bank and back to the woman’s car, which he had parked in a city lot behind the police station near downtown.

Abany scheduled a probable cause hearing for March 17.

Surveillance cameras, diligent investigation and an apparent lack of common sense on the part of Colon combined to bring about his arrest on Sunday, police said.

Colon, who police listed as homeless, was arrested Sunday at 4 p.m. in front of 200 Hilldale Ave. and charged with unarmed robbery in connection with the bank robbery.

Colon, who was held without bail pending his arraignment yesterday, parked his getaway car in a lot behind the police station, investigators said.

Detectives used surveillance cameras that have been installed by the bank and the city to obtain a partial plate number of the 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 and captured Colon as he was getting into the same car used in the bank robbery, Pistone said.

Colon told investigators that he acted alone in the robbery. He was seen on the Haverhill Police Department external surveillance cameras parking the getaway car in the city lot directly behind the station, police said.

Police said Colon 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 lot behind the police station. He 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 about five minutes in front of TD Bank, police said.

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