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Hingham officers arrest suspect in Braintree bank robberies

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 31, 2011 10:10 AM

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A 28-year-old man from Hull was arrested on Dec. 28 after allegedly attempting to steal from TD Bank in Hingham.

According to police, the suspect walked into the bank on Lincoln Street and approached the teller, who could see he was holding a handwritten note. The employee could see “50s and 100s and no alarm” written on it, although the man never handed the employee the note.

The suspect said he forgot his ID and walked out of the bank still holding the note.

Minutes earlier, the TD Bank staff had received an internal bulletin and a photo of the suspect who had been at a Braintree TD Bank wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a hat on underneath. He was believed to be attempting to rob that bank, but left.

The suspect who entered the Hingham bank fit the description of the Braintree suspect, and soon after the man left, the Hingham bank staff called 911 and observed where the suspect went.

Tellers observed him walk to a parked car in the CVS parking lot across the street and attempted to drive away; however, officers soon arrived and took him into custody.

The suspect was arrested in the lot without incident. According to police, the note was found in his pocket, and a second note was found ripped into pieces on the floor of the vehicle.

Although the vehicle the suspect was in, a blue 2005 Chevrolet Aveo, was registered to the suspect, the license plates were not. Officers later found that the license plate attached had been stolen earlier in Quincy and belonged to a Braintree resident. The actual license plates were found on the backseat.

Lucas Vito Gravina, 28, of Hull was arrested and charged with attempt to commit a crime (unarmed robbery), unarmed assault to rob, taking/carrying way license plates, and attaching plates to a motor vehicle.

Gravina was ordered held without bail by the clerk magistrate and was held overnight at the Plymouth County House of Correction until his arraignment at Hingham District Court today.

Braintree police also came to the Hingham station and are investigating similar incidents at two banks earlier Wednesday. No charges have been filed in relation to the Braintree incidents.

According to Hingham police, the success of this arrest stems from “very alert and informed bank staff and quick response by officers,” Sgt. Steven Dearth said in an e-mail.

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