NP police look for similarities in bank robbery

NP police look for similarities in bank robbery

Police are trying to determine the identity of this man seen robbing Citizens Bank.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Chief Arthur Martins says local police are comparing notes with other agencies in the area to determine if any similarities exist between a robbery at Citizens Bank on Smith Street last week and similar crimes in their communities.

Asked about potential patterns, he said he can’t comment on crimes that have happened in other jurisdictions, but confirmed the joint work with other departments.

On June 19, at around noon, the Citizens Bank at 1798 Smith St. was robbed. The suspect entered the bank and presented a teller with a handwritten note demanding cash, said police. He then provided the teller with a plastic shopping bag.

Martins said widespread wearing of masks right now certainly makes it easier for suspects to conceal their faces from the view of the camera.

The teller put an undetermined amount of cash into the plastic shopping bag. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a male wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, light shorts, white sneakers and a Boston Red Sox cap. The Red Sox logo, a letter “B,” appeared to depict the U.S. flag in its design scheme. The man was also wearing a mask and gloves.

It was still unknown as of press time if this robbery is related to other robberies that have occurred recently in the area. On June 11, Smithfield police reported a very similar incident at Navigant Credit Union, also on Route 44, with the suspect also wearing a mask, gloves, baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect depicted in these surveillance photos is asked to contact Det. Daniel Biafore at 401-231-4533, ext. 1174.

Here's a reflection of the suspect in the June 11 robbery in Smithfield.