Solomon also credited the North Andover Police Department with developing a tip that assisted in the arrest.
“There have been hundreds of tips,” Solomon said. “We have been following tips for three months.”
Methuen Detective John DeLano is chairman of the joint task force, formed by Lawrence and Methuen police and the FBI earlier this month. Other local departments joined later, including North Andover, Haverhill, Groveland, Dracut, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Acton, Westford, Burlington, Hampton and Pelham.
“I was told within the last couple of days, North Andover said, ‘Hey, you might want to check out this guy,’ and, as of this afternoon, we were able to confirm that it was him,” Solomon said last night. “We reached out to Salem police and said we confirmed this is the guy.”
Solomon said North Andover Detective Dan Cronin notified DeLano several days ago he thought the robbery suspect might be Beamud.
“In the meantime, Detective DeLano asked the Massachusetts State Police to compare Beamud’s fingerprints to the prints we recovered from the TD Bank robbery on Broadway,” Solomon said.
State police confirmed at 3:30 p.m. yesterday the prints matched, he said.
“Then, John DeLano called Salem and said, ‘If you see him, we want him,’” Solomon said. “Salem did a wonderful job; they located the guy in 15 minutes. I’d like to thank the Salem detectives for locating him so rapidly.”
Solomon said Beamud would be charged locally with the robbery of the Route 110 Convenience Store on East Street in Methuen April 14.
Tension has been high among bank and convenience store workers since the robbery spree started. In all but one case, the suspect brandished a handgun.
It started at Methuen’s TD Bank in February, followed by three more robberies that month and in March. Those robberies were at TD Bank on Pleasant Valley Street and NESC Credit Union on Pleasant Street, both in Methuen, and at TD Bank on South Broadway in Lawrence.