By Bill Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — LAWRENCE — Police believe a local man arrested yesterday by State Police and charged with robbing a bank in Wilmington Oct. 19 may be the same man who robbed a bank on South Union Street Oct. 16.
Daniel Simard, 26, of 35 Gilbert St., Lawrence, was arrested just after midnight yesterday in Billerica, according to Wilmington Police Lt. Brian Pupa.
Wilmington police had issued a warrant for his arrest after he was identified as the person who walked into the Lowell Five Savings Bank at 270 Main St., on Oct. 19, gave a note to the teller, and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. After his arraignment yesterday he was held without bail, Pupa said.
Police Chief John Romero said that based on witness descriptions and other evidence, it appears that Simard is the same person who robbed the Sovereign Bank at 460 So. Union St., Lawrence, around 2 p.m. on Oct. 16.
“It was a similar kind of note he handed to the teller, and there were physical similarities,” Romero said.
Simard was also arrested last month by the North Andover police for stealing wallets out of the pocketbooks of elderly, female shoppers at Market Basket on Route 114.
On Sept. 25, Simard was arrested at the 350 Winthrop Ave. supermarket and charged with two counts of larceny from a person over the age of 65 and shoplifting, according to North Andover police Lt. Charles Gray. He failed to show up for his arraignment, so police issued a warrant for his arrest.