Police eye similarities in Exeter, Somersworth bank heists; $1,000 reward offered
By Jason Schreiber Union Leader Correspondent
Police are trying to identify this man who allegedly robbed the People's United Bank in Exeter. (Courtesy)
EXETER - Police are investigating similarities between recent bank robberies in Exeter and Somersworth and hope a reward of up to $1,000 will lead them to a suspect.
Exeter police are working with the FBI on an investigation into a heist that occurred on Oct. 7 at People's United Bank.
According to police, a man with a smile on his face walked into the bank at 80 Main St. around 3:30 p.m. and handed a teller a note.
The man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said detectives are following up on leads in the case.
The man was described as 5-foot-8 with a medium build and a short salt and pepper beard. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a tan baseball cap, and dark sunglasses at the time of the heist, police said.
The man also has a tattoo of a dark blue 5-point star on the left side of his neck. The tattoo is approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Police said they are also working with police in Somersworth, where the Citizens Bank at 1 Constitutional Way was held up at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Aug. 21.
According to police, there are some similarities in both cases. Notes were handed to the tellers and the suspected robber is approximately the same height and build, and had a similar beard.
Police said they hope the public can help them identify the man seen in surveillance pictures taken from both banks.
Tips can be provided anonymously through Seacoast Crime Stoppers by calling 431-1199 or sending a text message or writing a letter. Information can be found on the website SeacoastCrimestoppers.org
Any tip that leads to an arrest or conviction is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Tipsters who contact Seacoast Crime Stoppers and provide information are given a special Crime Stoppers identification number. This is the only way of further identifying the caller, police said. If the tipster is granted a reward by the Board of Directors, the ID number will be posted on SeacoastCrimestoppers.org and on its Facebook page. Police said the tipster will be asked to call Seacoast Crime Stoppers and will then be notified of their reward and given further instructions on the payoff.
Anonymous tips can also be provided to the Somersworth Police Crimeline at 692-3111 or by calling either the Exeter or Somersworth police departments directly.