Two South End banks robbed in less than half an hour; witnesses give similar description of culprit

Two South End banks were robbed this morning, and witnesses at both banks gave police a similar description of the culprit.

At 10:30 a.m., a man wearing a black or navy hat, a white shirt, and black shorts passed a note demanding money to a teller at Brookline Bank on Clarendon Street, police said. The man did not show a weapon and fled toward Back Bay, police said. Police said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the man was given any money.

About 20 minutes later, a man in his mid-30s, with clothing matching the description of the man who robbed the Brookline Bank branch, entered the Hingham Institute for Savings on Tremont Street, police said.

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The man passed the teller a note, and was given an undisclosed sum of money, police said.