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December 3, 2013

One suspect arrested in Methuen bank robbery

METHUEN — Two alert civilians who happened to see a suspicious man run across the street and jump into a waiting car helped solve yesterday’s robbery of TD Bank at 228 Haverhill St., police said.

What police identified as the “getaway car” was impounded and detectives were interviewing two Chelmsford men in their early 20s in connection with the robbery last night.

One suspect, Hugh Keaney, 22, of Chelmsford, was arrested and charged with armed robbery. He was being held on $50,000 bail at the Methuen police station last night.

“When we talk about situational awareness and paying attention to your surroundings, I credit those two alert gentlemen for being aware of their surroundings,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said in an interview last night.

“They were driving up Haverhill street and saw a guy running across the street. He almost got run over crossing Haverhill street,” the chief said.

The two men watched the man get into a black 2001 Chrysler Concord and speed away. They took notice of the car and the license plate, then returned to work, where they learned about the bank robbery, according to Solomon.

“The detectives were interviewing witnesses inside the bank when the two men came up to the bank and said they had information for us,” Solomon said.

“Not only were they aware, but they took the time to come to the bank to help police. Most people would look the other way. I thanked the gentlemen,” he said.

The men had only given police a partial plate. But it was enough for Officer Chad Salois to be able to match a plate number to a vehicle registered to the Lowell-Chelmsford area. Chelmsford police, responding to the “be on the lookout” bulletin, spotted the car that Methuen detectives were looking for and pulled it over.

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