Suspected bank robber nabbed after string of stickups

Leicester bank among those allegedly robbed by Alden

📸 U.S. Department of Justice photo

BOSTON — Law enforcement believes they have apprehended the man responsible for a series of bank robberies, including one in Leicester a few months ago.

Matthew Alden, 26, of Lancaster, was arrested on Thursday, charged with two counts of interference with commerce by threats or violence. He has been detained pending a detention hearing set for March 5, according to a press release issued on Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Alden is suspected of having robbed the Cornerstone Bank on South Main Street in Leicester at approximately 5:45 p.m. on December 12, one of ten robberies law enforcement has reportedly connected him to. In all, court records show more than $28,150 had been stolen in the robberies. Alden allegedly robbed Enterprise Bank on Littleton Road in Westford on November 21, TD Bank on Main Street in Athol on December 2, Honey Farms on Leominster-Shirley Road in Lunenburg on December 11, Avidia Savings Bank on Maple Street in Marlborough on December 27, Metro Credit Union on Worcester Road in Framingham on January 10, TD Bank on Central Street in Foxborough on January 10, TD Bank on Main Street in Athol on February 4, Citizens Bank on North Eastern Boulevard in Nashua, New Hampshire, on February 13, and Avidia Bank on Maple Street in Shrewsbury on February 21.

According to the press release, Alden wore a black ski mask and black gloves while demanding cash from bank tellers during the bank robberies in Athol and Shrewsbury. The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

During the bank robbery in Leicester, the suspect was described as a man of medium build wearing a black shirt, black bandana, black hat, and black gloves. The suspect fled on foot before before law enforcement used a K-9 to track him to an area where he was believed to have entered a vehicle to leave the area. At the time of the robbery, the Leicester Police Department reported “Bank employees were shaken, but no physical injuries were reported.”

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division made the announcement, according to the press release. Assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and a number of local law enforcement agencies, including the Westford Police Department, Athol Police Department, Lunenburg Police Department, Leicester Police Department, Marlborough Police Department, Framingham Police Department, Foxborough Police Department, Shrewsbury Police Department, Clinton Police Department, Lancaster Massachusetts Police Department, Millbury Police Department, and Nashua Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy Sun of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Cornerstone Bank in Leicester surveillance photo.

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