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May 23, 2014

Police release photos of bank robbery suspect

SALEM — The Beverly Bank on Lafayette Street has been the scene of two bank holdups in the span of three weeks, and police believe the same person is responsible for both robberies — despite dressing differently.

In the first robbery, the suspect was a man dressed as a woman; in the second, he was wearing a New England Patriots jersey.

Now Salem police are looking for help in identifying the cross-dressing bank robber captured in surveillance video, Detective Charlene Sano said.

The robberies at the former Beverly Cooperative Bank, 73 Lafayette St., took place on April 25 and May 15. In both instances, the robber showed tellers handwritten notes, one in pencil and one in pen, police said. The notes were almost exact replicas of each other. No injuries were reported during the robberies. Officials did not disclose the amount of cash stolen.

In the first holdup, which occurred about 3:30 p.m., a man wearing a light red jacket, glasses, makeup, a blond wig and what appears to be a white knit hat with a flower passed a note demanding money, but he showed no weapon, police said. He was seen fleeing on South Harbor Walk toward Congress Street. Police searched with a K-9 unit but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as being a white man with brown hair in his mid-30s, between 5-feet-10 and 6-feet tall.

In the second robbery, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., the suspect handed a note to a teller and demanded money, fleeing out the rear entrance in the area of the Harbor Walk and Peabody Street. He was dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with the Patriots logo on the front, a dark baseball cap, glasses and clear rubber gloves.

Anyone with information about the bank robberies can call Sano at 978-745-9700, ext. 229, or Detective Daniel Tucker, ext. 294.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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