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Officer injured in crash responding to bank robbery in Arlington

Posted by Brock Parker  September 27, 2012 11:51 AM

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Arlington Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying this man suspected of robbing the Citizen's Bank in Arlington Heights Thursday Morning. Photo courtesy Arlington Police.

An Arlington police officer was injured in a crash while responding to bank robbery in Arlington Heights Thursday morning. Police are now seeking help from the public with information about the robber, who left behind several thousand dollars when a dye pack exploded during his getaway.

The officer injured in the crash, whose name has not been released, has been taken to Winchester Hospital for serious, but non life-threatening injuries, according to Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan.

Ryan said the officer was responding to a bank robbery at the Citizen’s Bank at 1420 Massachusetts Avenue about 9:40 a.m. Thursday morning.

Ryan said a man wearing a scarf as a mask over his face entered the bank, scaled the counter and demanded money from the teller. The man then fled the bank out the rear of the building and scaled a fence when a dye pack in the bag he was carrying exploded. As a result, the man abandoned the money, Ryan said, and fled. Police recovered several thousand dollars that the man left behind.

As police were responding to the robbery, Ryan said an officer traveling westbound on Summer Street in Arlington with his siren and blue lights flashing crashed into a fixed object along the road when he swerved to avoid another car that pulled out in front of him. Ryan said the officer did avoid the collision with the other car.

As the search for the robber continued, Ryan said police warned schools in the area to bring all of their students indoors, but by 11:30 a.m. Thursday the chief said police no longer believed the suspect was in the area.

Police described the robber as a white male, about 5-foot-6, wearing a maroon baseball hat, a dark hooded sweatshirt with dark colored sweat pants and light colored sneakers. He also disguised himself by wearing sunglasses.

Thursday afternoon police released two photos of the suspect captured by security cameras and are asking anyone with information about robbery to call Arlington Police at 781-643-1212.

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A photo of the robbery suspect inside the Citizen's Bank. Photo courtesy Arlington Police.

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