Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Boston Police & FBI Collaborate to Quickly Catch Bank Robber


At approximately 9:31 AM, on October 3, 2015, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for hold-up alarm at 437 Rutherford Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with bank employees who stated that the suspect grabbed a bank employee, said that he had a gun and demanded money.  The employees complied, gave the suspect money with dye packs, and the suspect fled out the main entrance of the bank and took a right towards Main Street. They described the suspect as wearing a yellow raincoat, face mask, black gloves and riding a bicycle.

Officers checked the area for the suspect, and an officer momentarily saw a male wearing a yellow rain jacket ducking in and out of the housing area near Essex Street and Tibbetts Town Way.  A witness also observed a white male wearing a yellow rain jacket on a bike, that had something smoking (possibly a dye pack) headed in the direction of Tibbetts Town Way at the archway.

After reviewing video from the bank and the housing area, officers, in collaboration with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were able to positively identify the suspect and arrested him without incident behind a relative‚Äôs residence on Tibbetts Town Way.   

John Crilley, 45, of Charlestown will be charged with Assault & Battery and Armed Robbery.  In addition to and as a result of this arrest, Mr. Crilley was positively identified in another armed robbery of the A1 Variety Store on September 27, 2015 at approximately 8:30 PM.