Authorities Bust Bank Robbery Suspect In Buzzards Bay

Federal agents and state police swooped down on the Bay Motor Inn on Main Street last Friday, June 27, to arrest a suspect in a May 12 bank robbery in Taunton.

Lawrence J. Costello, 53, of Dedham was taken into custody without incident, according to David Procopio, director of media relations for the state police.

Later that day, Mr. Costello made an initial appearance before federal Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy in Boston, according to Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokesman for United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

Mr. Costello remains in custody pending his detention hearing on July 15.

He has been charged in United States District Court with armed bank robbery in connection with the May 12 heist.

According to an affidavit filed with the complaint in federal court, Mr. Costello and another individual allegedly entered the Bank of America in Attleboro Taunton??on May 12 armed with a semi-automatic weapon.

Once inside the bank, the affidavit states, Mr. Costello jumped over the teller’s counter and took $17,687.

The robbers were observed fleeing the area in a green Ford pickup truck that had been reported stolen earlier in the day from a garage in Canton, according to the affidavit.


Based on DNA matches and witness identification, according to the affidavit, authorities determined that Mr. Costello was one of the two individuals who robbed the bank.

In particular, bank surveillance footage from the incident showed the robber who jumped over the teller’s counter to be wearing red ski gloves with black stripes.

Later that day, Norton police discovered a pair of gloves left on a pile of leaves on Pleasant Street in Norton that matched the description of the gloves worn by the robber.

Subsequent testing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered DNA from the left glove that matched Mr. Costello’s DNA.

Authorities had a DNA sample from Mr. Costello stemming from a previous conviction for armed bank robbery.

Mr. Procopio said federal agents and state police detectives subsequently developed information that indicated Mr. Costello was staying at the Bay Motor Inn.

Authorities obtained a search warrant in Dedham District Court for the motor inn. Surveillance also confirmed that Mr. Costello was staying at the inn.

Shortly before 10 AM last Friday, members of the state police Special Tactical Operations Team, also known as the STOP Team, entered the room where Mr. Costello was staying and took him into custody without incident. Federal agents also participated in the arrest.

Bourne police detectives were on hand to lend assistance if necessary, Bourne Police Lieutenant Richard J. Silvestro said Wednesday.

Later that Friday, authorities transferred Mr. Costello to Boston for his appearance before Magistrate Judge Hennessy.

Police continue to search for the second individual, who they say participated in the robbery.


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