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June 10, 2013

Salisbury bank robber caught, heading to court today

Returned home, watched Bruins game, police say

SALISBURY — A man accused of forcing the evacuation of Salisbury Square Friday evening when he brought a cardboard box into a bank and claimed it was a bomb is expected to be arraigned in court today following his arrest Saturday morning at his home.

Police didn’t have to go far to find him — he lives less than 2 miles from the bank, and he spent part of Friday evening watching the Boston Bruins playoff game as police searched for him.

Andrew S. Bayko, 53, of 100 Beach Road, No. 4, Salisbury, was arrested Saturday morning at his cabin behind the Hungry Traveler restaurant thanks to a tip from a delivery driver. He spotted a white truck matching the description of the vehicle that had been seen speeding away from the Institution for Savings branch office in Salisbury Square.

Upon learning Bayko had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by state police based on an OUI charge, officer Richard Dellaria and Sgt. Robert Roy visited Bayko’s residence and arrested him without incident. Police gained a search warrant for Bayko’s residence and there found evidence that linked him to the robbery. He was charged with armed and masked robbery, use/possession of a hoax device and a previous warrant. Bayko is being held on $250,000 bond, according to police.

About 5:10 p.m. on Friday, police responded to the Institution for Savings after Bayko, dressed all in black and wearing a black mask and blue gloves, allegedly brought a package into the bank and told a teller, “I have a bomb here, give me some money.”

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, Bayko left the package inside the bank and fled the scene in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck. The truck was last seen heading northbound up North End Boulevard toward Seabrook and Hampton.

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