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Haverhill

April 20, 2014

City man charged in bank robbery

HAVERHILL — Police have arrested a city man in connection with last Tuesday’s robbery of Haverhill Bank at 1094 Main St.

Jason Adams, 32, of 45 Riverdale Ave., was charged with unarmed robbery in addition to an unrelated probation warrant. He agreed to surrender to the U.S. Marshals and city police at the Haverhill Police Station Friday afternoon, according to Detective Lt. Robert Pistone. Adams was being held without bail pending his arraignment in Haverhill District Court on Tuesday.

Police said Adams walked into the bank at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, carrying a bag that he told a teller to fill with money. He did not show any weapons or make any threats, and then ran out of the bank and got into a white GMC pickup truck that was last seen heading west on Rosemont Street towards Hilldale Avenue, according to investigators.

A search of the area by police officers and detectives turned up some key evidence: discarded gloves, a black hoody sweatshirt and ball cap on Vale Street matching the disguise the suspect had worn in the bank, Pistone said.

Police got another break in the case when a witness to the fleeing truck was able to observe a partial license plate. This enabled police to identify Adams as a possible suspect, Pistone said. Adams contacted U.S. Marshals and city police at about 3:30 p.m. Friday and offered to turn himself in to authorities.

“This is the fifth bank robbery in Haverhill in the past six months where all suspects were apprehended quickly due to the great police work the Haverhill Police Department is doing, along with the assistance of the many state and federal law enforcement agencies Haverhill Police have partnered with,” Pistone said.

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