On April 27, a man walked into the Pentucket Bank at 35 Merrimack St. and handed a note to a teller demanding money, then left through the front door and ran away, police said. The bank provided police with still photos from the robbery showing the suspect wearing black fingerless gloves and a zipper-up jacket with a hood, dark pants and dark shoes. Police released the photos and they were published in the April 28 edition of The Eagle-Tribune, resulting in several tips that the man in the image lived on Summer Street, investigators said.
“Publishing those photos was a huge help in solving the crime,” Pistone said. “By Sunday evening we had a strong suspect in the case and within 72 hours of the robbery we had a man under arrest.”
Police charged 24-year-old Jose Alberto Camacho with armed robbery. At his arraignment in Haverhill District Court, Camacho was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail and issued a 60-day warning, meaning if he commits another offense while his case is pending, he could be held for up to 60 days without bail. Camacho is due back in court June 3 for a probable cause hearing.
Pistone said more businesses are using video surveillance systems these days as they are less bulky and less expense than they used to be.
“Some business owners have Apps on their smartphones and can view what’s happening at their business,” he said.