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Robber described as older man wearing wide-brimmed hat

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Man held up People’s United Bank on Elm Street

Furnished by Manchester police

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Manchester police were searching for the man who robbed a bank on Elm Street on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the People’s United Bank shortly after 9 a.m.

Officers said a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash.

He kept his hand in his pocket indicating that he might have a weapon, but no weapon was shown. No one was hurt.

The man was described as a white man, 35- to 45-years-old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds. He has black hair and was clean shaven.

The man was last seen wearing an olive jacket, dark running pants with stripes and dark shoes.


Daniel Cathcart charged in Stoughton bank robberies

David Cathcart, 45, of Milton, arraigned in Stoughton District Court on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

Marc Vasconcellos/The Enterprise

STOUGHTON, Mass. — A Milton man was arraigned in Stoughton District Court on Friday in connection with two Stoughton bank robberies that the FBI said were carried out by a suspect authorities have dubbed the “Brim Beanie Bandit,” our news partners at the Enterprise News reported.

Daniel Cathcart, 45, of 27 Kenilworth Road, Milton, has been charged with armed robbery and other charges in connection with the two Stoughton cases.

During the arraignment, Cathcart’s bail was set at $150,000 with the stipulation that if he makes bail he must wear a GPS device.

Authorities believe that the “Brim Beanie Bandit” has been involved in six bank robberies across the region including, a TD Bank in Quincy on Dec. 10, South Shore Bank in Stoughton on Dec. 13, a TD Bank in Needham on Dec.19, Braintree Cooperative Bank in Braintree on Dec. 23, South Shore Savings in Stoughton again Jan. 6, and Dedham Savings Bank in Dedham on Jan. 10.

The suspect always appeared in a brimmed beanie, either black or gray in color. He did not show a weapon, but he claimed to have a gun and threatened children in a notes passed to tellers.

However, Cathcart was not charged Friday in connection with any of the other robberies that the “Brim Beanie Bandit” has committed.


1 injured, 1 in custody after Arlington shootout

ARLINGTON, Mass. —A suspected bank robber was injured in a shootout with police after a robbery on Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington on Friday.

Watch report | FBI joins investigation

The incident happened about 2:40 p.m at Leader Bank at 141 Massachusetts Ave.

According to witnesses, a robber jumped into a Jeep Patriot with a getaway driver after the heist and fled the scene.

After a brief pursuit, one of the men brandished a gun at officers near the intersection of Melrose Street and Brooks Avenue and exchanged gunfire with police, according to investigators.

The man who showed a gun, James P. Riley, 36, of Quincy, was shot and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The second man in the Jeep, Shawn T. Bambushew, 25, of Everett, was arrested at the scene.

“The second suspect is in custody, uninjured, at the Arlington police station. It is a very fluid situation,” said Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan.

Both men have been charged with bank robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, to wit brandishing a firearm at police.

A police officer was also taken to MGH to be checked out. Police said he was not shot, and the trip may be stress-related.

Two homes in the neighborhood were struck by bullets in the exchange.

Children at a nearby playground were moved to safety.

An FBI task force has joined state and local police in the investigation.


FBI believes man robbed 5 banks 

BOSTON —The FBI is offering a reward leading to the arrest of a man they have dubbed the “Brim Beanie Bandit.”

Watch report

Federal authorities said the while male in his 40s or 50s has robbed five banks and attempted to rob a sixth beginning in early December.

“He’s been successful so far,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Peter Kowenhoven.

Officials said the first attempted robbery was at a Bank of America on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester on Dec. 10.

From there, they said the suspect hit banks in Quincy, Stoughton, Needham, Braintree and most recently the South Shore Bank on Turnpike Street in Stoughton on Jan. 6.

The suspect always appears in a brimmed beanie, either black or gray in color. He hasn’t shown a weapon, but he’s claimed to have a gun and threatened children in a notes passed to tellers.

“It’s unusual to put that much verbiage into a note, saying that there’s a male and a female child that he’ll be forced to harm if he doesn’t get the money,” said Kowenhoven.

Authorities said those details are difficult to decipher and aren’t sure if there are any actual potential victims. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have information, contact the FBI’s Boston Division at 617-742-5533.


FBI seeks public help to identify bank robber

The FBI is seeking public help to identify a serial bank robber they nicknamed “The Brim Beanie Bandit,” alleging he successfully stole from four banks and attempted to raid a fifth in less than two weeks.

The FBI describes the alleged robber as about 5-foot-7, weighing 150 pounds and believed to be in his late 40s or early 50s.

They say the suspect has robbed banks while wearing a dark sweatshirt or jacket, black pants, black gloves and dark brown or black boots or shoes with a black and/or gray brim beanie cap.

Authorities say the Brim Beanie Bandit enters the bank, approaches the teller and either shows or leaves a note asking for money.

The FBI says the banks he robbed are in Quincy, Stoughton, Needham, Braintree and Boston‘s neighborhood of Dorchester.

 

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