Police are asking the public for help in catching a cheeky bank robbery suspect who robbed two North End banks minutes apart on Friday morning.
Photos of the scruffy suspect, who is believed to be in his 30s, show a man carrying a padded CVS plastic bag.
Citizens Bank, located at 315 Hanover St., was robbed at 9:10 a.m. and a Santander bank at 287 Hanover St., was robbed just 4 minutes later. The two shores are approximately 130 feet apart and located on the same side of the street.
No gun was shown, but the suspect pretended to have one in his possession, Boston police said. No injuries were reported. The suspect is a Hispanic man in his thirties. We still don’t know what the suspect stole.
The FBI was present at the scene.
Community members who wish to help with the investigation anonymously are encouraged to call the CrimeStoppers whistleblower line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting “TIP” to CRIME (27463).
The BPD’s public newspaper on Friday shows three bank heists and two street heists.
In 2019, the FBI reported 2,160 commercial bank robberies. In Massachusetts alone, 58 bank robberies were reported. Data shows they most often occur on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Social networks ignited just after the robberies on one of the city’s most popular boulevards.
“Guess who’s watching ‘The Town’ tonight?” one person joked, referring to the blockbuster movie starring Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall and Blake Lively based on Chuck Hogan’s 2004 novel “Prince of Thieves”.
The book is about a group of Charlestown-based bank robbers leading the FBI on a mad dash through Boston as they rob banks and even Fenway Park.
Investigators were seen leaving the banks with bags of evidence. Still, BPD made the call to share any information anyone might have spotted on Hanover Street early on Friday.
“BPD Community Alert,” police wrote at the end of the day, “the Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect wanted in connection with the recent bank robberies in the north of the country. “