Dye pack explodes at bank robbery

Salem Police are asking if anyone recognizes the guy pictured throughout this entry, who may or may not have some red ink all over him and possibly even a hand injury since a dye pack exploded on him after he robbed a Citizen’s Bank in Salem, N.H. today.

Police were called to the Citizens Bank branch at inside the Shaws Supermarket at 265 S. Broadway in Salem today at 2:07 p.m. Continue reading


Armed robbery for Adderall

Here’s something I haven’t seen before.

A 19-year-old Lowell man, Joshua Brand, is being held on a single count of armed robbery after police say he passed a note at the CVS pharmacy at 1815 Middlesex Street this morning at 12:15 a.m., and demanded bottles of the ADHD drug Adderall.

Police say the note suggested Brand had a gun, and that he escaped the store with six bottles of the prescription drug, which has grown in popularity in recent years as many students use it, often without a prescription, to aid their studies.

Police were called to the store for a report of a robbery in progress at 12:15 a.m., and officers were warned that the suspect was potentially armed.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his 20’s, in a black sweatshirt.

Police say Officers Timothy Whalen and Jason Gatto spotted a man fitting that description on Middlesex Street as they sped toward the store, and  stopped him with help from a UMass Lowell police officer.

Police say they found six bottles of Adderall and a note still in the man’s pocket. Continue reading

Home Invasion in Lowell

I missed one!

Although I have to admit, someone mentioned this incident to me in passing on Tuesday night and I was busy chasing the robbery story so I never realized they were talking about an entirely separate incident.

A man in his 30’s who lives at 750 Merrimack Street called police Monday at 7:32 p.m., and reported that a man with a knife had just kicked in his door.

The victim told police he heard a knock on his door, opened it with the chain lock still engaged, only to have the man at the door kick the door and break the chain lock.

The suspect, who was armed with a knife, then stole a necklace from the victim and fled.

Police did not immediately release a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Robbery on Cross Street in Lowell

UPDATE: I reworked this entire entry now that the suspect is in custody and I’ve been able to learn more details.

Tonight at 7:20 p.m., Lowell Police Sgt. Jack Cullen saw two men struggling on Cross Street, near Cork Street, and drove toward them to intervene. As he did, a 56-year-old Lowell man who was involved in the struggle yelled to Cullen that he had just been robbed.

The 56-year-old reported he was robbed of his iPhone by a Hispanic male with a knife.

An initial description was broadcast of a Hispanic male in a red shirt and jean shorts. Officers stopped two men fitting that description nearby, but the victim said they were the wrong men.

The victim later revised his description and said the suspect was a shirtless Hispanic male with a slim build, who wore jean shorts and had tattoos on both arms.

At 9:15 p.m., police dispatchers got a call from someone reporting the man involved in the robbery was in an apartment in the North Canal Apartments in the 200 block of Moody Street.

Officer Sheryl Mercier was working a private detail in the area and spotted the suspect, who ran while Mercier was in pursuit around the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell and then back toward the North Canal Apartments. Continue reading

The early bird gets… stabbed four times

I work the night shift because that’s when a lot of the city’s crime occurs.

Today was an exception.

At 6:51 a.m., police were called to the area of Cabot and Merrimack streets for a report of a man with a knife.

Officers arrived to find a group of men around a 25-year-old Lowell man who was suffering from stab wounds to his leg, chest and arms. He was stabbed twice in the arm.

The man told police he was walking in an alley nearby when he was approached by a Hispanic male with long hair, who was wearing a red shirt. That man ripped a necklace from the neck of the 25-year-old, and then stabbed him during the ensuing struggle, according to police.

The 25-year-old was taken to Lowell General Hospital, and then transferred by ambulance to an undisclosed Boston hospital., according to police. His injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Bank robbery in Chelmsford

I did an earlier post on this incident, but it turns out the robbery in Chelmsford this evening was a bank robbery, not a robbery of a grocery store.

The confusion was caused because someone robbed the Citizen’s Bank branch inside of the Stop & Shop grocery store at 299 Chelmsford Street today just before 7 p.m.

Police now tell me that a man with a shirt or handkerchief wrapped around his head passed a note to a teller at the bank branch inside the grocery store and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He fled in an unknown direction after leaving the store.

Police describe him as a white male, average build, about 6’0. He was wearing a gray short-sleeved shirt, blue or black carpenter’s jeans and sunglasses. He appeared to have reddish hair and a short goatee.

No one was hurt. No weapon was shown. Continue reading

Robbery arrest in Lowell

I was off yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to blog on this, but in case you missed it, Detectives Cory Erickson and Jim Cassella made a pretty heads-up arrest of a robbery suspect Friday morning.

Capt. Richardson emailed me about the arrest, which was made in connection with a robbery at Guerrero’s Market, 32 Westford St., that occurred at 9:52 a.m.

The suspect was a Hispanic male in a gray sweatshirt who pulled a gun and demanded cash from the register.

This robbery didn’t go the way most do. Continue reading