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Police seek charges against pair in Arlington and Waltham bank robberies

Posted by Brock Parker  January 9, 2013 12:01 PM

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Police are seeking charges against a man and a woman who allegedly robbed a bank in Arlington Tuesday afternoon shortly before they allegedly robbed a bank in Waltham.

The pair was caught by Massachusetts State Police in Brighton after they were allegedly spotted in a car that had been reported stolen in Watertown, said Arlington Police Captain Richard Flynn.

Flynn said Arlington Police are filing criminal complaints seeking that Andrea Florence Koutis, 30, of Arlington, and Erick Guy Stout, 35, who is homeless, be charged with armed robbery.

Flynn said Koutis and Stout are currently in Brighton District Court on charges stemming from the stolen vehicle, and Waltham Police are also seeking charges against the pair.

The first robbery occurred at the East Cambridge Savings Bank on Broadway in Arlington Tuesday at 3:36 p.m. when a masked man police whom believe was Stout entered the bank claiming to have a weapon and fled with several thousand dollars in cash, according to police.

The man was gone when police arrived, but Flynn said that while detectives from Arlington Police and the FBI Robbery Task Force were viewing surveillance video of the robbery, they also spotted a female they believed was involved.

A short time later, a Sovereign Bank on Trapelo Road in Waltham was robbed, and police reported the suspects were a man and woman wearing similar clothing as in the Arlington robbery.

No one was injured in either robbery, according to police.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Massachusetts State Police led a short pursuit of a vehicle reported stolen by Watertown Police and then stopped the car on Western Avenue in Brighton, Flynn said. Koutis and Stout were in the car, and approximately $7,000 in cash, according to police. Although a threat of a weapon was made by the robber at both the Arlington and Waltham banks, Flynn said no weapon was recovered.

Flynn said once Arlington Police interviewed Koutis and Stout, detectives decided to file criminal complaints seeking charges against them for the Arlington Bank robbery.
Flynn said the paperwork is being filed now, and no arraignments have been scheduled, yet.

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