The so-called Route 128 Bandit, whose conquests included the Wellesley Hills Bank of America in Lower Falls in late September, has apparently been caught. (We still haven’t learned how much the alleged thief got away with in Wellesley.)
This from the Boston Police Department: On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, officers assigned to the Bank Robbery Task Force, with help from members of the Wellesley Police Department and Boston Police Officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) located and charged a Dorchester man with Armed Robbery and various motor vehicle infractions. The Route 128 Bandit was wanted for his role numerous bank robberies and attempted robberies in and around the Boston area including banks along the Route 128 corridor. In total, he was wanted in connection to 8 armed robberies and 2 attempted robberies. The majority of the incidents occurred in the last three months during. In addition to this suspect, officers also arrested a second suspect, who lives in Boston. This second suspect is alleged to have robbed the East Boston Savings Bank on October 17, 2017 and is a suspect in second bank robbery in Brookline on October 19, 2017. The break in the case came when detectives assigned to the Bank Robbery Task Force received information that a vehicle matching the description of a possible suspect vehicle was found, parked and unoccupied, in the area of Perth and Fayston Streets in Boston. Armed with this information, BPD Detectives, along with Wellesley PD, set up surveillance on the car. While surveilling the vehicle, officers soon observed two individuals, matching the descriptions of the suspects wanted in connection to the robberies, approach and enter the vehicle. Detectives followed the vehicle to a nearby store and, with the assistance of additional officers from District B-2, approached and apprehended the suspects. Both were taken into custody without incident.
(Hat tip to our friends at Universal Hub for alerting us to this)
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