The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is investigating a string of bank robberies and attempted robberies that have plagued the area in the last two weeks.

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is investigating a string of bank robberies and attempted robberies in the last two weeks.


According to bureau spokesperson Gail Marcikiewicz, a Feb. 3 robbery at TD Banknorth in Woburn, last week’s robbery at Sovereign Bank in Winchester, and two attempted robberies this week in Arlington and Chelsea may be connected.


Marcikiewicz said the FBI is continuing to investigate the incidents. The suspect is described as a white male approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall in his early 20s.


“We’re working together with (the FBI),” said Winchester Police Detective Lt. James Pierce. “We’re looking at Arlington, Woburn’s and all the (bank robberies) around here to see if we can find a connection.”


In the Woburn, Winchester and Arlington incidents, a white male approached the teller counter and produced a note demanding money.


About $430 in small denomination bills was stolen from Sovereign Bank in Winchester on Monday, Feb. 9. An unidentified amount of cash was stolen from TD Banknorth in Woburn.


The Arlington robbery attempt took place Tuesday, Feb. 17, according to Arlington Police. No money was stolen.


Police said that the “single male suspect attempted to rob the Central Bank located at 175 Broadway in Arlington” at 12:10 p.m.


“The robber entered the bank while talking on the cell phone and approached a teller to whom he gave a note demanding cash,” Arlington police wrote in their report. “There was some confusion on the part of the teller and the suspect subsequently left the bank without any money. He was last seen heading on foot northbound on River Street.”


The suspect may have fled the scene in a white Jeep driven by another man, Arlington police said.


The suspect was described as being 5 feet 9-10 inches tall, with a thin face and green/blue eyes, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt under a bulky blue and red Red Sox jacket and a baseball hat with a white visor and red trim under the hood.


“Despite a rapid police response, the suspects succeeded in escaping the scene,” Arlington police said.


Although Winchester and Stoneham police initially believed the suspect might have made an appearance at a Stoneham bank the same day as Winchester’s heist, Marcikiewicz said FBI investigators have not confirmed the attempt or its connection to these four robberies.


Winchester Star