Groveland Police Department
Robert Kirmelewicz, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St.
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Office: 978-769-5193
Cell: 978-270-5094

Groveland Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

GROVELAND —  Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen reports that the Groveland and Portsmouth Police Departments arrested a man yesterday in connection with an armed robbery at a TD Bank Branch in Groveland earlier this month.

LAMIN SANU, 29, OF PORTSMOUTH, N.H. was arrested yesterday by Portsmouth police, with assistance from Groveland police, on a Fugitive from Justice warrant.

Groveland Police have an armed robbery warrant for SANU.

SANU is wanted in Massachusetts for his alleged armed robbery at Groveland’s Main Street TD Bank Branch on Sept. 12.

Groveland Detectives Steven Petrone and Heather Riley arrived in Portsmouth at SANU’S home yesterday just before 4 p.m. to assist Portsmouth police with the arrest.

Following the robbery, Groveland detectives were able to gain physical evidence from the scene, later analyzed by the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, to identify SANU as the suspect.

SANU was held overnight without bail at the Portsmouth Police Department. This morning, he waived his extradition at a hearing at Portsmouth District Court. Groveland Police will bring SANU to Massachusetts tomorrow morning, where he will be arraigned on an armed robbery charge at Haverhill District Court.

“I commend the work of Detectives Petrone and Riley, who worked tirelessly with the Portsmouth Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police to locate and arrest this suspect,” Deputy Chief Gillen said. “This was a job well done by all parties.”

Original Press Release:

Police Chief Robert J. Kirmelewicz reports that the Groveland Police Department is investigating the robbery of the TD Bank branch on Main Street on Sunday morning.

At 11:37 Sunday morning, a man walked into the branch and handed a note to the teller, claiming he was armed with a gun and a knife and demanding money.

The teller handed the suspect an unknown quantity of cash and he fled.

The investigation so far indicates that the suspect fled south on Rt. 27/School Street toward the Town of Georgetown. The suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, approximately 5-foot-11, weighting 160-170 lbs. He was wearing a blue Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap with white letters and a white brim, a black hooded raincoat, blue jeans, sunglasses and black and white tennis shoes.

Groveland Police are investigating the robbery, led by Detective Steven Petrone. The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is also investigating.

No one was injured.

Anyone with information on the robbery or who may recognize the suspect is urged to to call the Groveland Police Department at 978-521-1212. All callers may remain anonymous.


Groveland Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

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