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Police praise victim's response in robbery attempt

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 12, 2011 10:16 AM

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The Hingham Police Department say the woman who was the victim of an attempted robbery at the Rockland Trust Bank last Friday responded correctly.

The incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. at the bank on Sgt. William B. Terry Drive, police said. The female victim was a business manager at a Weymouth business and had driven from work to the bank to make a deposit.

She stepped out of her car and had just dropped the deposit bag in the slot when a masked man walked up behind her and demanded the bag.

Police said the woman told them that she immediately put her hands in the air and said she had just dropped the deposit bag and had no more money.

The suspect turned and fled on foot towards Sgt. William B. Terry Drive, and as he ran away, the victim noticed a second male who was standing 50 feet away, behind tje Stop & Shop. The second man also began running with the masked suspect.

The victim got in her car and dialed 911. Police officers and the K-9 duty responded to the scene, tracking the suspects along Terry Drive headed south towards Beal Street. The tracks ended in a large parking lot behind Hitchcock Shoe Company.

The victim described the first suspect as being white, between 5’10” and 6’ tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, dark gray jeans, and a white bandana covering his face.

The victim was unable to give a description of the second man. Police will be reviewing surveillance video from the scene for possible leads.

No weapon was displayed in the robbery, police said.

Police praised the victim's actions.

“It's important to recognize that this employee did the right thing, she cooperated fully, offered no resistance, took notice of the second suspect some 50 feet away, got inside her car for her safety, called 911 immediately and also noticed which direction the suspects fled,” said Sargeant Steven Dearth. "We encourage people in this situation to be good witnesses, just as she did."

Hingham police are encouraging anyone making an after-hours deposit to have two employees, in their own cars, drive to the bank to look out for one another. Employees are also encouraged to scan the area before making a deposit.

“If anyone makes you uneasy, follow you instinct and wait for them to leave or contact the police and report any suspicious behaviors around the bank," Dearth said.

In this instance, the bank is located at the intersection of Route 3A, with the night deposit door to the left of the bank’s front door. The area is well-lit and would be visable to passing motorists.

Anyone with information on the suspects is encouraged to call Hingham Police at 781-749-1212 or leave an anonymous tip at the Drop-A-Dime link at www.hpd.org.

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