By Dave Rogers
---- — SALISBURY – A Salisbury man accused of robbing the Institution for Savings in Salisbury Square and threatening to blow up a bomb will spend up to five years in jail after pleading guilty to numerous armed robbery and other charges Tuesday afternoon inside Salem Superior Court.
In addition to two armed robbery charges, Andrew S. Bayko, 53, of 100 Beach Road, No. 4, admitted to use/possession of a hoax device and possession of ammunition without an FID card charges. He was sentenced to three-to-five years in jail to be followed by three years probation during which he must get undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and seek whatever treatment deemed necessary; submit to random screens, get a job and cannot take any prescription drugs without judicial approval. He was given 179 days of jail credit, according to an Essex County District Attorney spokeswoman.
Bayko was arrested the morning after the June robbery at his cabin behind the Hungry Traveler restaurant thanks to a tip from a Daily News of Newburyport delivery contractor who spotted a white truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, based on a story in the newspaper he was delivering. Bayko had lived there for at least five weeks and used some of the estimated $6,693 he allegedly stole from the bank to pay his rent, of which he was two weeks behind.
Upon learning Bayko had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by state police based on an OUI charge, officer Richard Dellaria visited Bayko’s cabin and arrested him minutes before a taxi arrived. Bayko had made arrangements for the cab to drive him to the Newburyport Park and Ride in Newburyport. Bayko, who had with him two canvas bags, at least one of which contained thousands of dollars, told police he was heading to New York, according to court documents.
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 he wore when he allegedly robbed the bank were discovered in a black plastic bag inside a nearby Dumpster. Police also obtained video footage from inside the restaurant which showed him sitting at the bar less than an hour after the robbery. Witnesses told police that Bayko watched at least some of the Bruins playoff game later that evening, according to court documents.