Police Respond to Two Thursday Bank Robberies

A man reportedly attempted to rob Citizens Bank on Main Street.

Woburn Police are reportedly investigating a bank robbery.
Woburn Police are reportedly investigating a bank robbery.
Updated Thursday at 3:41 p.m.: As initially reported by Twitter scanner reports and now confirmed to Patch by Woburn Police, a second bank was robbed in Woburn on Thursday.

Police confirmed that in addition to the Citizens Bank that was robbed earlier this afternoon on Main Street, a Citizens Bank inside Stop 'n Shop was also robbed just after 3 p.m.

Though some tweets indicated that the second robbery is connected to the first, police were unable to provide additional details as of Thursday afternoon.

Woburn Memorial High School students who were inside the school during the first robbery confirmed that the school was placed in shelter in place mode for about 15 minutes, which was ideal timing as the school had just completed a lockdown drill on Thursday morning.

Updated Thursday at 1:44 p.m.: 
Woburn Police confirmed that the Citizens Bank was robbed on Thursday afternoon by a white man who fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

According to police, the man entered the bank and robbed the bank without showing a weapon. After obtaining the cash, the man fled on foot towards Montvale Ave., where police believe there was a car waiting for him.

Woburn Police and the FBI Robbery Task Force are currently leading what police call an "active investigation."

Original Report: According to scanner reports, a man suspected of an attempted bank robbery in Wakefield attempted the same in Woburn on Thursday afternoon.

Twitter user @AlertNewEngland, who reports police scanner activity, tweeted at about 1 p.m. that a man had just attempted a robbery at the Citizens Bank located at 355 Main Street in Woburn.

According to the scanner reports, the man was suspected to be the same person who attempted to rob a Wakefield bank earlier Thursday. During that incident, a man presented the teller with a note mentioning a gun, but left without getting any money.

During the Woburn incident, a man left the scene in a Honda CRV, and the FBI was called to the bank, according to Alert New England.

Check back with Woburn Patch for more details on this developing story as they become available. 
Roth Gill December 12, 2013 at 05:11 PM
So long as the man does not change his footwear, folks should keep their eyes out for a man with his feet covered with food. I wish the patch was a little more clear other than "White man fleeing on food". Was it pizza? Spaghetti? Stay vigilant folks, for the food bandit is still on the loose!
Matt Schooley (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Thanks for the catch, Roth. It's been corrected.
stephen smith Jr December 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM
What an ass approach roth! Im sure you have never had a simple typo in your life. Here is the best part, no one has a note which mentions a gun leaving on a pizza forcing you to read the patch.
Kimberly Bennett December 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM
That's because Roth has nothing else better to do.
stephen smith Jr December 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Clearly thats the truth... There is life outside the patch....
Roth Gill December 13, 2013 at 06:21 PM
For the record...I've neber ever made a typo in my life! :-) All of you with the exception of the editor need to loosen up. I feel bad that you can't have a little fun and chuckle at things. There was a robbery at the Stop and Shop....."Food Bandit" may have been quite the fitting title for this shmuck. Nothing better to do....really? You came to that conclusion from my playful comment to the patch?! I would try getting up on the opposite side of the bed if I were you. Not sure I follow Jr about this gun on pizza forcing me to read the patch....and you are right...I used the "ass approach"!! When I'm not busy with my foot up it, I use it for thinking. :-)
Kimberly Bennett December 13, 2013 at 07:16 PM
The problem is you use the "ass approach" with most of your comments. Everything is a joke to you.
Roth Gill December 18, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Another assumption based on little. I'm trying now....not to make a joke about "Everything". You know the old saying about not making assumptions? :-) You speak of a "problem"....which is what exactly? Heaven forbid I poke a little "fun" at a typo? Kim, what are you so angry about? Were you REALLY that offended by my food bandit comments? Everything is a joke to me? Are you reading all of my comments? Could I actually have a follower on Patch?! I can see the editor taking a little offense, but he clearly took it as a silly comment. You should too. I'm still trying to figure out what so pushed your nose out of shape. Was it the fact I pointed out a typo? I didn't think the term "White man" was that offensive. So tell me, what's you're deal? I posted a silly comment and you come all cranky-face at me like I took a crap on your doorstep?! When I'm cranky or find myself having a hectic day, I try and make sure I do something that makes me happy like listen to some preferred music or going for a walk. Before you go "assuming" that you know who I am or what I'm about, take a step back and think. What could this person assume about me? So, from you're posts, what do you think I could "assume" about you?


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