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August 13, 2013

Brazen robbery reported at Peabody ATM

Police say thief jumped into 67-year-old woman's car

PEABODY — Police cars swarmed a bank branch office on Route 114 yesterday morning after a robbery was reported at an ATM.

A 67-year-old woman told police a man jumped into her car as she pulled up to an outside, drive-through ATM at Bank of America and “demanded she take out extra money,” according to police.

The woman told police she was robbed of $200.

The incident took place at the Bank of America branch office at 189 Andover St. (Route 114), across from the entrance to Northshore Mall, police said.

The robbery was reported at 11:21 a.m. by a 911 cellphone call. Police did not say who made the call.

The suspect fled on foot toward Route 114 and was gone by the time patrol cars and unmarked vehicles arrived minutes later. Police conducted an extensive search of the area, including the Northshore Mall. Northshore Mall security assisted in the search.

The suspect was described as a white male who was 5 feet tall, in his mid- to late 30s, with brown hair and a beard. He was wearing sunglasses, a brown shirt, green shorts and spoke Portuguese, according to a police report.

No weapon was shown, police said. No injuries were reported.

A Peabody police spokesman said the city has not had many ATM robberies recently.

A spokesman for the Massachusetts Bankers Association said ATM robberies are “extremely rare.” He said they have published safety tips for ATM use, which include rolling up windows and locking doors.

A bank official at the Peabody branch referred all questions to a media spokesperson for Bank of America, who said only that “all customers and employees are safe.”

Police are analyzing security video and evidence from the scene.

Business went on as usual at the branch office yesterday morning, even with three Peabody cruisers and a black unmarked police car parked outside.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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