FBI offers $10,000 reward for info. on 'Merrimack Valley Bandit'


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a bank robber responsible for seven armed bank robberies in the northeastern part of the state since February, authorities announced Wednesday.

The FBI has dubbed the reported robber the "Merrimack Valley Bandit" and says the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

During each of the robberies, the suspect used a small handgun and pointed it at the tellers. In some instances, the suspect threatened to harm the tellers if they did not comply, authorities said.

The FBI suspects the bank robber may have an accomplice who waits nearby in a white or light-colored car.

The same person is believed to be responsible for the following robberies:

• 02/21/2013 at about 6:30 p.m., TD Bank, 547 Broadway, Methuen

• 03/01/2013 at about 7:45 p.m., TD Bank, 91 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen

• 03/12/2013 at about 10:30 a.m., NESC Credit Union, 248 Pleasant St. Methuen

• 03/28/2013 at about 5:24 p.m., TD Bank, 350 South Broadway, Lawrence

• 04/03/2013 at about 4:15 p.m., TD Bank, 350 South Broadway, Lawrence

• 04/08/2013 at about 5:29 p.m., TD Bank, 1255 Bridge St., Dracut

• 04/09/2013 at about 2:12 p.m., TD Bank, 280 Main St., Groveland

A task force composed of the FBI and police departments from Lawrence, Methuen, Dracut, and Groveland says the suspect wore a white logo on a jacket during some of the robberies. The suspect also is said to have thin eyebrows.

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $10,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the robber.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call the FBI at 617-742-5533, the Lawrence Police Dept. at 978-794-5900, the Methuen Police Dept. at 978-983-8698, the Dracut Police Department at 978-957-2123 or the Groveland Police Department at 978-521-1212.

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