Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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Stoneham Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect, Link Him to Four Other Robberies
STONEHAM — Police Chief James McIntyre reports that the Stoneham Police Department, working in collaboration with other communities and law enforcement agencies, successfully arrested a suspect on Monday who allegedly robbed a Bank of America last month and four other banks north and south of Boston.
JAMES TWOMBLY, AGE 28, OF HINGHAM is charged with Unarmed Bank Robbery in the Stoneham robbery and likely faces additional charges in other jurisdictions.
The Bank of America, located at 323 Main St. in Stoneham, was robbed on May 4. Video surveillance showed the suspect give a bank teller a handwritten note demanding money. The teller handed the suspect an unknown amount of cash before he fled out the front door.
Stoneham Detective Chris Dalis began investigating the case, along with the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force. Upon viewing still images from recent area bank robberies, officers determined the same suspect was likely behind four other bank robberies in other communities. This includes the Citizens Bank in Quincy, Brookline Bank in Medford, Randolph Savings Bank in Randolph and Dedham Savings Bank in Dedham.
Dalis then posted the suspect’s photos from the Stoneham robbery on the Massmostwanted.org. The photo was also distributed to local media outlets, some of which aired the photos of the suspect on local news, including Bob Ward from Fox 25 News.
Several tips alerted police that the suspect was likely TWOMBLY. Dalis then ran his information through the Registry of Motor Vehicles and matched his driver’s license photo to the surveillance images. A background check revealed TWOMBLY is on probation until April 2016. A probation official confirmed TWOMBLY’s identity.
“We would like to thank members of the public and Fox 25 News for aiding in our investigation. It is through the help of the public that we were able to identify this suspect,” Chief McIntyre said. “I also applaud the work of Detective Dalis and the detectives from the other communities involved in this case. It was truly a joint effort that we were able to apprehend this suspect.”
Detective Dalis obtained a warrant for TWOMBLY’s arrest on Monday afternoon through the Woburn District Court. He then notified the Dedham, Medford, Randolph and Quincy police departments, as well as members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.
Later that day, police received word that TWOMBLY was in Kingston, Mass. Units from Dedham, Medford and Quincy police departments responded to the area and were able to stop TWOMBLY in his vehicle and arrest him without incident. Detective Dalis made the arrest and transported him to the Stoneham Police Department for booking.
TWOMBLY was scheduled to be arraigned at Woburn District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.