Melrose Bank armed robbery case is cracked

Jul 11, 2019 by

Published July 12, 2019

THE SUSPECT IS shown in surveillance footage from Dec. 15, 2017.

MELROSE — Due to some diligent detective work, a 41-year-old Lynn man will be summonsed to court for the December 2017 armed robbery of Melrose Bank.

Police Chief Mike Lyle credited Detective Dan Ehlers with much determination in cracking the case. The suspect was charged Tuesday, July 2, with armed and masked robbery. The Weekly News does not publish the names of people police say they plan to summonse to court.

Police went to the 638 Main St. financial institution around 4:40 in the afternoon of Dec. 15, 2017 after being told of the robbery. Detectives conducted an initial on-scene investigation and learned that a man brandishing a firearm had climbed onto a counter and demanded money from a bank teller. The suspect was wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and a white Tyvek-style suit like those worn by people who work around contaminated materials.

He was given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the bank, heading south on Main Street. He was described as being a thin man standing about 5 feet 8 inches.

The man charged last week is also suspected in a similar robbery in Wellesley, Lyle said.

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