Suspect previously blamed crimes on heroin use

STURBRIDGE — Local police have made an arrest after an armed robbery of the TD Bank on Route 131 last week.

Kenneth Mileti, 52, has been charged with assault and battery, armed robbery, disorderly person, disturbing the peace, and threats to commit a crime relative to the December 14 robbery of the bank.

Police affirm that Mileti allegedly entered the TD Bank and demanded money from a teller, received an undisclosed amount of money, and then fled on foot. A search of the area ensued with the Massachusetts State Police, Southbridge Police Department, and Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) Canine Unit joining the Sturbridge Police in seeking the suspect. That initial search was unsuccessful.

Sturbridge Police continued their investigation over the weekend, identifying Mileti as a suspect. After obtaining both a search warrant and an arrest warrant, local police teamed with Holland Police and the CEMLEC SWAT team to execute the warrants. Police said Mileti was ultimately taken into custody without incident.

Mileti has faced a number of criminal charges throughout New England over the past decade or so. According to The Portsmouth Herald, of Portsmouth, N.H., Mileti cited a heroin addiction as the driving force behind his arrest for speeding in a stolen car in that city in 2006. Court records in Worcester show Mileti charged with breaking and entering in 2008, and larceny over $250 earlier this year.

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