For Immediate Release: 11/20/2017 9:11 am
(November 20, 2017) - There have been a series of six bank robberies in Worcester over the last few weeks, involving Bank of America, Santander Bank, Country Bank and TD Bank North. In all of the incidents, the suspect was described as a white male who was average height and weight and about forty years old. In the majority of the robberies, the suspect waited in line, then passed a note to the teller demanding money. In some cases, the robber said that he would come back and shoot the clerk if he or she reported the incident to the police.
After a lengthy investigation, detectives identified a suspect, James Monteiro, forty-one-years old of Chelsea. A check of the CJIS system revealed that Mr. Monteiro had outstanding warrants unrelated to the robberies. Detectives asked officers to try to locate Mr. Monteiro, and his information was sent out over the department-wide email system. Mr. Monteiro was located at a residence on Maple Tree Lane in Worcester, and subsequently charged with four counts of unarmed robbery, one count of armed robbery, and one count of attempted unarmed robbery. He will be arraigned today in Worcester District Court.