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June 17, 2013

A truck out of place leads to arrest of suspect

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Police gained a search warrant for Bayko’s cabin and there found evidence that linked him to the robbery. A pair of blue gloves was found inside a vat of grease behind the restaurant and clothes matching the kind the suspect wore when robbing the bank were discovered in a black plastic bag inside a nearby Dumpster.

In addition to being charged with armed and masked robbery, Bayko was also charged with use/possession of a hoax device and a previous warrant. The bank robbery caused a major headache for evening commuters, because a phony “bomb” the robber left behind resulted in the shutting down of Salisbury Square and a portion of busy Route 1.

Police officers are trained to look for the unusual, to spot things seemingly out of place. But for Hreha, his training came on the job. Herha said he typically begins his shift around 2:30 a.m. and delivers papers to several stores up into Hampton. Once completing his last business delivery, around 5:45 a.m., he begins delivering single copies to subscribers. By 8 a.m. he has tossed his last newspaper and is done for the day.

Over the years of following generally the same route, Hreha has picked up a lot of details about the communities he drives through. For weeks he had seen the white pickup truck parked outside the Hungry Traveler, a restaurant where he is considered a regular customer. According to police, Bayko had been living in the cabin for at least five weeks and used some of the money he allegedly stole to pay off his rent, which was several weeks behind. So, just by repetition and routine, Hreha knew, just like academy-trained police officers, that something was amiss that morning.

“When I’m on the road, I see a whole lot of different things. I’m their eyes when they’re not there,” Herha said, adding that had the truck been parked at its normal spot, he would have driven right by it.

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