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October 17, 2012

Robbery suspect may have taken bus to commit crime

SALEM — A suspected bank robber arrested at a local hotel yesterday morning may have been taking the bus to Boston to commit crimes.

Salem police and officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Office arrested Michael Tucker, 45, at 9 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn, located just off South Policy Street.

Tucker is a suspect in several crimes committed in Massachusetts over the past two weeks, according to U.S. Marshal John Gibbons.

He has been charged with a burglary at a gas station in Westwood Oct. 4 and a bank robbery in Somerville Oct. 13.

Tucker might have been staying in Salem at the time and riding a bus to the scene.

”We believe he was using public transportation to get in and out of Boston to commit the crimes he was charged with,” Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday.

Salem police detectives worked with the U.S. Marshal’s office to locate Tucker, Patten said. The investigators met yesterday morning to follow up on a lead that Tucker was “holed up” in a local hotel, he said. After more investigation, police and marshals located Tucker at the Red Roof Inn and took him into custody without incident, he said.

Tucker had some illegal drugs in his room, Patten said, but he didn’t believe that would lead to any local charges.

In addition to the bank robbery and garage burglary, the U.S. Marshal was looking for Tucker because he had violated conditions of his supervised release.

He was under federal supervision after serving more than 12 years in federal prison on a bank robbery conviction.

”We took him to Salem police headquarters and he left in the custody of federal marshals,” Patten said.

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