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Merrimack Valley

January 31, 2013

Goateed robber escapes police

METHUEN — Police are looking for the public’s help in solving yesterday’s armed robbery of the TD Bank at 228 Haverhill St.

A man with a goatee robbed the bank of an unknown amount of cash at 12:15 p.m. He passed a note to the teller, saying he had a knife and demanding “all your hundreds and fifties.” But the suspect showed no weapon, according to police.

The suspect, who is about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, was wearing dark pants and a dark, hoodie-style sweatshirt, with a baseball cap and sun glasses, according to description released by police.

A K-9 unit was called in, but was unable to track the suspect. It’s not clear whether he fled on foot or by car.

The bank was closed after the robbery so police could investigate.

Every officer on duty along with state troopers working in the area responded to the bank after the robbery was reported.

“It appears he slipped through,” Lt. Michael Pappalardo said, noting officers are “pursuing several leads.”

Police released a photo of the suspect obtained from the bank’s security camera.

People who recognize the suspect or have any information related to the robbery are asked to call Detective Thomas McMenamon Jr. at 978-983-8758.

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