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April 16, 2014

Beverly police catch alleged bank robber

BEVERLY — Police chased down a man on Rantoul Street after he allegedly robbed a bank inside the Stop & Shop on Elliott Street Tuesday afternoon.

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

According to police, Bourke approached the teller at the Citizens Bank inside Stop & Shop about 3:30 p.m. 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 Stop & Shop 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.

Detectives Darlene Prinz and Lt. Tim Hegarty, Sgt. Lawrence Van Liere, and officers Erik Abrahamson, Michael Backstrom, Antonio DiRuzza, Ed Hathon, Mike Henebury and Tom Nolan assisted in the investigation and apprehension of Bourke.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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