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Two Worcester banks robbed; needle used at 1.

Byline: Scott J. Croteau

WORCESTER - A man armed with a hypodermic needle robbed a Park Avenue bank Monday morning.

Police said the suspect matched the description of a man who robbed another bank on Shrewsbury Street later that day.

"We have some leads and some possible suspects we are interviewing," said Lt. James J. Johnson, adding that it is possible that both banks were robbed by the same person.

A thinly bearded man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses entered the Commerce Bank at 11 Park Ave. about 8:30 a.m. Monday and held a hypodermic needle to one of the tellers. He stole cash and ran off.

Later that day, about 3:30 p.m., a man matching the description of the Commerce Bank robber entered the Flagship Bank on Shrewsbury Street. He gave the teller a note claiming to have a gun, but never showed a weapon, Lt. Johnson said.

The man from the Commerce Bank robbery was described as a white man believed to be in his 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 150 to 170 pounds.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Aug 29, 2007
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