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April 5, 2013

Police probe for connections between bank robberies

SEABROOK - Local police are investigating whether Wednesday’s robbery at The Provident Bank in next door Hampton is connected to last month’s unsolved robbery at the Seabrook branch of the same bank.

According to Hampton police, a lone man entered the Route 1 bank around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday and handed a teller a note demanding money. The suspect, described as being 5-foot-8-inches tall with scruffy facial hair and wearing a navy blue hoodie and a baseball cap, fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was shown, Hampton police added.

Seabrook Detective Daniel Lawrence said his department isn’t ruling out a connection between the two robberies but stopped short of saying there was a strong likelihood.

“We’re checking all possibilities, and we’re getting a lot of tips,” Lawrence said.

On March 22, a white male in his early 20s entered The Provident Bank branch in Seabrook and was able to make off with an undisclosed amount of money after handing a teller a note demanding money. He was wearing dark blue jeans, brown boots, a thin black hooded sweatshirt and black cotton gloves.

While the department has identified a “person of interest” after assembling strong leads, the bank robber remains on the loose.

“We have to follow every lead that comes in, we don’t want to leave anything out. You want to be sure,” Lawrence said.

Last month’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.

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

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