, Newburyport, MA

March 26, 2013

Police: clues lead to suspect

No arrests made in Friday's bank robbery yet

By Dave Rogers

---- — SEABROOK — Local police yesterday said they have identified a “person of interest” related to Friday afternoon’s robbery at The Provident Bank on Route 1 but have yet to make any arrests.

Seabrook police Deputy Chief Michael Gallagher said detectives have been busy assembling video footage from the bank and nearby businesses in order to glean more information about the suspect, who walked out of the bank and eluded a major manhunt.

“We do have some good leads,” Gallagher said.

According to police, the suspect, a white male in his early 20s with a thin build, was able to make off with an undisclosed amount of money. He was wearing dark blue jeans, brown boots, a thin black hooded sweatshirt and black cotton gloves.

Police have been circulating a photo of the suspect taken by the bank’s surveillance cameras and are hoping the public may be able to shed some light on who he might be. The man took measures to disguise his features — he wore large dark sunglasses that completely concealed his eyes, and he covered his head with the sweatshirt hood.

He was last seen leaving the bank on foot and running across Provident Way southbound, near Lafayette Road (Route 1). The Provident Bank is located at 1 Provident Way, just beyond the Route 107-Route 1 intersection.

Friday’s theft marks the third time the Seabrook branch of The Provident Bank has been robbed. The last robbery took place in March 2010 when employees called police after a man walked into the bank and presented a note demanding money. Before that, the bank was robbed in October 2006 in similar fashion.

Seabrook police typically have had good success capturing alleged bank robbers in recent years. Last July, a local man was arrested just 13 minutes after robbing the Sovereign Bank on Route 1. He was arrested by Salisbury and Amesbury police following a brief car chase that ended near Bartlett Farm in Salisbury.

Gallagher said he was still very confident that Seabrook police would apprehend the man accused of robbing the bank last week.

“You hope for the best, but you prepare for the worst,” Gallagher said.

Those with information regarding Friday’s robbery are asked to call Seabrook police Detective Dan Lawrence at 603-474-5200.