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Haverhill

December 2, 2013

Police searching for suspect in bank robbery

Robbery: Was second heist in city in two weeks

HAVERHILL — A man with his face partially covered, walked into the Pentucket Bank branch across from Westgate Plaza yesterday afternoon and demanded money from a teller.

The man did not show a weapon and left with an undetermined amount of cash.

It was the second bank robbery in the city in less then two weeks.

In yesterday’s heist, police said the man entered the bank just after 2 p.m. while wearing a mask that covered half his face. The man approached a teller and demanded cash, and the teller complied. The man then left the bank on foot.

The suspect is described as about 5-foot 6-inches to 5-foot 8-inches tall, and was wearing a dark colored jacket and light colored pants.

The robbery was reported to police at 2:08 p.m.

Police Lt. Robert Pistone said officers searched the area with the assistance of a State Police K-9 team but were unable to locate a suspect.

Less than two weeks ago, the Align Credit Union at 20 Cushing Ave., formerly called NMTW Credit Union, was robbed by a man in a baseball cap who walked up to a teller and demanded money. Police subsequently arrested the suspect and charged him with unarmed robbery. Pistone said the man was suspected of robbing banks in New York.

Pistone said Haverhill police investigators worked with the FBI, New York State Police and New Hampshire and Maine local police. The suspect was arrested last week in Portsmouth, N.H. and is facing charges in multiple jurisdictions.

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