Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
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Arlington Police Charge Man in Connection with Two Bank Robberies
ARLINGTON — Chief Frederick Ryan reports that the Arlington Police Department has arrested a man and charged him in connection with two robberies of the same bank in August and September.
WILLIAM R. BARO II, AGE 43, OF BILLERICA was charged with two counts of Unarmed Robbery and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. BARO is accused of robbing the Winchester Savings Bank on Medford Street twice, on Tuesday, August 14 and again on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Arlington Police Criminal Investigation Bureau began an aggressive investigation, which included numerous witness interviews. A tip received by the department ultimately led detectives to BARO, who was arrested Wednesday without incident at his home in Billerica by the Billerica Police Department, members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and Arlington Police detectives.
“This case is an excellent example of detectives building a case using the evidence obtained and following up on promising leads until there is a result,” Chief Ryan said. “I am very pleased that these two brazen daytime robberies have been solved, and a dangerous felon has been apprehended.
“I would also like to acknowledge the employees, including tellers and security officials at Winchester Savings Bank, who had to endure successive robberies this summer. They remained calm at all times and followed the proper protocols during the robberies and afterward working with police. They have been excellent partners during this investigation.”
BARO is known to police. The investigation remains active and ongoing, and additional charges may be sought.
The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the Billerica Police Department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office assisted the Arlington Police Department in the investigation and apprehension of BARO.
BARO was brought to the Arlington Police Department and held overnight on $100,040 cash bail pending arraignment Thursday at Cambridge District Court in Medford.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.