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Boston police hold man suspected in Watertown bank robbery

Posted by Megan McKee  April 1, 2011 05:03 PM

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Boston police investigating a house break have arrested a man who they say is also a suspect in the robbery of a bank near Watertown Square earlier today.

At around 10:18 a.m., a man carrying a package that he said contained explosives robbed the Belmont Savings Bank, 53 Mount Auburn St., fleeing with cash before the State Police bomb squad determined the box was empty, police said.

Shortly before noon, Boston police responded to a radio call for a possible house break on Parker Street. They arrested and charged Richard Bonet, 25, of Worcester with attempted breaking and entering, resisting arrest, and possession of burglarious tools, according to a Boston police press release.

While booking him on those charges, Boston police discovered that he had a large amount of cash as well as a deposit slip from the Belmont Savings Bank, the release said.

"In light of this discovery, Boston Police officers contacted the bank and local law enforcement officers in an effort to positively identify the suspect in custody," said the statement from Boston police."Upon receiving a positive identification, the suspect will be charged additionally in Watertown."

Watertown police declined to comment on the Boston Police Department's release.

During the robbery in Watertown, the suspect entered the bank and placed a note on the counter demanding money, said Detective Lieutenant Michael Lawn. The suspect also left a plastic bag on the counter that he said contained a bomb, Lawn said.

After the robbery, police closed off the area around the bank and called in the State Police bomb squad to investigate. Inside the bag was a box resembling a fish and tackle box, which the bomb squad determined was empty, Lawn said.

Early this afternoon, traffic was back to normal on Mount Auburn Street, but the bank remained blocked off by police tape as the investigation continued.

‘‘It’s a pretty quiet area. I don’t expect anything like a robbery to happen around here,’’ said Steven Analetto, manager of the D’Angelo’s next door.

Analetto did not witness the robbery, but he said another storekeeper described hearing footsteps on his roof around the time it happened.

Megan McKee can be reached at megan.mckee@gmail.com.

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