Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Arrest Brookline Bank Robbery Suspect
BEDFORD — Police Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department, arrested a man this morning in connection with the robbery of the Bedford branch of Brookline Bank last month.
PATRICK GEFRICH, 35, OF SALEM, was arrested and taken into custody this morning outside his home on Essex Street in Salem and is being charged with one count of Unarmed Bank Robbery.
“I commend the strong teamwork by Bedford Police and all of the departments who assisted us,” Chief Bongiorno said. “This was truly a joint effort by all parties involved that allowed us to capture this dangerous felon.”
The Brookline Bank, located at 168 The Great Road in Bedford, was robbed on Sept. 18. The suspect allegedly approached a teller and made a verbal demand for cash. No note was passed and no weapon was shown.
GEFRICH is being held at the Bedford Police Department, and will be transported this afternoon to Concord District Court, where he will be arraigned on one count of unarmed robbery. GEFRICH is also wanted on multiple warrants out of Milford District Court.
Bedford Police were assisted by the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, Massachusetts State Police, and Salem Police.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Original Press Release from Sept. 18:
Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly robbed Brookline Bank this morning.
Police received a hold up alarm call from Brookline Bank, 168 The Great Road, at 10:10 a.m.
The first officer on scene reported a bank robbery had occurred. The suspect allegedly approached a teller and made a verbal demand for cash. No note was passed and no weapon was shown.
A witness reported the man then fled out the front door heading toward 200 The Great Road. The Burlington Police Department’s K-9 unit responded to the area and searched the parking lot, where the scent stopped. The K-9 also tracked the suspect’s scent toward the bike path before it was lost. Surrounding towns have been notified of the incident and received a description of the suspect.
Police are looking for a white male with a brown beard, plaid long-sleeved shirt, dark sneakers, black backpack, sunglasses and possibly wearing a blonde wig.
“We are actively searching for the suspect,” Chief Bongiorno said. “If you see a man fitting this description, please immediately contact police.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at 781-275-1212.