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Police make arrest in December bank robbery in Hingham

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 28, 2011 12:44 PM

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After a lengthy investigation, Hingham Police have arrested a Quincy man suspected of robbing the bank at Stop and Shop on Route 3A in Hingham back in December.

Police charged John S. Balonis, 50, from Quincy in the robbery.

According to police, the robber came in to the grocery store at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 2 and handed the teller a note reading “Do not call 9-1-1.”

The man said he wanted large bills, and claimed he had a weapon, although he never showed one.

hingham51.jpgAfter he received the money from the two tellers, he said, “Everything will be ok, now count to 100.” He took the note, and left, police said.

The investigation, led by Hingham Detective Robert Mansfield, with assistance from dectives in Weymouth, Cohasset, Plymouth County Sherriff’s Office, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office, and state Police, and from the website massmostwanted.org, spanned the course of over six months.

According to Sargent Steven Dearth with the Hingham Police, it was the collaboration that truly helped identify a suspect.

"The detectives have regular meetings, share photos, and compare similar towns, [and] we put the photos on the mass most wanted website ... Officers and detectives from all over are encouraged to check it daily to see if they recognize anyone. It was a combination of those factors that helped to list a possible suspect. Then interviews with suspect, background, and witness identification was done," Dearth said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect today and charged Balonis, who is currently serving a sentence on an unrelated charge at the Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham.

He will be arraigned at Hingham District Court within the next two weeks on charges of armed robbery and larceny over $250.

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