Armed Robbers’ Pictures To Appear On Billboards
BOSTON — The FBI is hoping a new series of billboards will help law enforcement apprehend a team of bank robbers suspected in a series of incidents on the North Shore.
Clear Channel has donated space on some of its digital billboards to display images of the suspected robbers and reward information along Interstate 93 in Medford and Stoneham.
The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force believes the robbers may be acting together and are responsible for six bank robberies since Dec. 15, 2010. The FBI hopes the digital billboard displays and reward offers will result in tips from the public that lead to arrests and charges.
The robbers are suspected of robbing banks in Lynnfield, Reading, Malden, Westford, Salem and Burlington, as well as suspicious activity at a bank in Saugus. The latest heist occurred on Jan. 5, 2011 at Central Bank in Burlington.
During each of the robberies, the men threatened to harm bank employees. During the robbery in Malden, a suspect fired a handgun while leaving the bank. The FBI said the men are considered armed and dangerous.
The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to charges against the men, and the Massachusetts Bankers Association Tip Program is also offering a reward of up to $5,000.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force at 617-742-5533.