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March 13, 2013

Masked man robs Methuen credit union at gunpoint

City's fourth bank robbery in six weeks

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The School Department sent a voice message to parents of students at those grammar schools alerting them of the lock down. Scannell said parents of students at Marsh Grammar School and Methuen High School also received a call explaining what a perimeter lock down is and why those schools were not locked down.

Police met with representatives from the 19 banks located in the city on Monday, where they reviewed what to do during and after a robbery and offered suggestions on preventative measures to put into place.

“I’ve been visiting banks this morning talking to them,” Solomon said yesterday afternoon. “They’re already in the review process. This just happened too quickly.”

Jajuga said police are not certain whether the previous robberies are related, but they are investigating that they could have been committed by the same person or a group of people.

A TD Bank branch at 91 Pleasant Valley St. was robbed at gunpoint at 7:45 p.m. March 1. That suspect is a man between 5-feet 8-inches and 6-feet in height with a medium build, and he wore a dark jacket with a hood pulled up, black gloves and had a white T-shirt with two holes cut out for eyes covering his face.

The man walked into the bank with the gun and told the teller to put money in a bag, not say anything and not place exploding ink packs in the bag to mark the bills.

He then left the building and got into a vehicle a witness described as a silver Honda, though police said the vehicle could have been a different make with a similar body style.

Another TD Bank was robbed Feb. 21, this one at 547 Broadway at about 6:30 p.m. A man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jacket and a T-shirt with a single large face hole cut into it over his face. He showed a handgun and demanded money from the teller.

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