EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 10, 2013

Young man holds up Groveland bank

By Bill Kirk

---- — GROVELAND — Police are searching for a young man who robbed the TD Bank branch at 280 Main St. yesterday.

Police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz said he and two officers initially responded to the report of a bank robbery in progress at 2:13 p.m.

The man, believed to be an 18- to 24-year-old male, walked into the bank lobby wearing a dark hoody, a dark ski mask and faded blue jeans. He was believed to be wearing Timberland work boots. The man is 5-feet, 6-inches to 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with a stocky build.

He approached the teller’s counter, held up a black firearm, and demanded money.

The teller gave him an undetermined amount of cash and the man fled on foot, Kirmelewicz said. The suspect had his own bag.

Kirmelewicz said the Amesbury K-9 patrol led by Officer Thomas Nichols had a scent of what officers believed to be the robber, but then it disappeared.

“There was no vehicle description so we are assuming he is on foot,” the chief said.

He said a bank security camera got a good image of the young man.

The FBI joined Groveland police Detective James Morton in the investigation. Morton was still interviewing potential witnesses at the police station last night. Area departments have been issued a description so that they can also be on the lookout for the suspect.

Yesterday’s robbery was the latest in a series of bank heists in area communities. Methuen and Lawrence police detectives formed a task force with the FBI last week as they work to solve six bank robberies in the two communities since Jan. 30 — all but one of them involving a TD Bank branch. All but one of the robberies involved a handgun.

In each of the robberies, the suspect was similarly dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with his face partially concealed with a mask.