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April 17, 2014

Bandits hit 2 Beverly banks over 2 days

BEVERLY — Brazen robbers hit two Beverly banks in less than 24 hours. A man was arrested in connection with Tuesday’s robbery, while the suspect in yesterday’s incident remains at large, police said.

It has been some time since this North Shore city has been the scene of back-to-back heists.

“It’s unusual to have two banks robbed in two days,” said Beverly Lt. Michael Sungy.

An FBI task force has been notified.

A man wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat robbed Beverly Bank at North Beverly Shopping Plaza yesterday and escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.

The man walked calmly into the bank around 9:30 a.m., announced his intentions and demanded all the bank’s money, police said.

That theft came less than 24 hours after the robbery of a Citizens Bank inside Stop & Shop on Elliott Street by a man threatening to “shoot the place up,” according to police.

Police chased down a suspect on Rantoul Street after he allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Lawrence Michael Bourke, 49, of Lynn was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

According to police, Bourke approached the teller at Citizens Bank and demanded “everything she had.”

Police said Bourke made several threats of “shooting the place up” if the teller did not hurry. He then ran from the store with an undetermined amount of money.

Detectives from Beverly’s criminal investigation division got a description of the suspect by viewing footage from the store’s surveillance system. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt, a black tie and a blue jacket.

A man fitting that description was spotted a short time later walking south on Rantoul Street. Bourke took off when he was approached by detectives, but he was caught after a “brief foot pursuit,” police said.

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