EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 3, 2014

Seabrook man chargedin Haverhill bank robbery

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — A New Hampshire man who is known to police in that state is facing charges of armed robbery and making a false bomb threat in connection with Tuesday’s robbery of the TD Bank on Merrimack Street.

Yesterday morning, less than 48 hours after police were called to the bank, the Haverhill Police Detective Unit was granted an arrest warrant for Leo Willwerth, 27 of Seabrook, N.H., police said.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Seabrook, N.H. Police Department assisted Haverhill police detectives and arrested Willwerth in Seabrook.

Police allege that on Tuesday just before 5 p.m., closing time, Willwerth walked into the TD Bank at 153 Merrimack St. and handed a teller a deposit slip that stated he had a gun and bombs, and that he wanted money. The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbery was reported to police at about 5:03 p.m. The suspect left the bank on foot, heading east on Merrimack Street.

Police subsequently released video surveillance photos of the suspect, who they described as tall and thin — about 6-feet tall, weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen in khaki pants and a blue American Eagle hoodie.

Haverhill Police Lt. Robert Pistone said the suspect was identified by Seabrook Police, who he said are familiar with Willwerth.

Police said Willwerth will be extradited to Massachusetts, where he will be arraigned on the charges of armed robbery and making a false bomb threat.