A man accused of robbing a Saugus bank on Monday (Nov. 15) afternoon drew attention to himself by trying to hitch a ride, eventually leading to his arrest, according to police. Gary Lacey, 48, of Tewksbury, was charged with two counts of unarmed robbery. He was later arraigned in Lynn District Court.
At 12:27 p.m., Saugus Police dispatchers received a wireless alarm from Eastern Bank at 605 Broadway and dispatched officers to the bank. While officers were still en route, they were updated that dispatchers confirmed there was a robbery at the bank.
“Upon arrival, officers learned that a suspect passed a note to two tellers inside the bank, received an undisclosed amount of cash and subsequently fled on foot toward the parking lot of a large retailer at 400 Lynn Fells Parkway,” Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli said in a press release issued by his office.
“A short time later, Saugus Police received an additional call reporting a suspicious male asking people for a ride in the parking lot at 400 Lynn Fells Parkway, which is only a few hundred yards from the bank,” Chief Ricciardelli said.“Saugus Police located an individual whom they later identified [as] Lacey in that parking lot, and following up an on-scene investigation, Lacey was taken into custody. Saugus Police recovered the cash that was taken from the bank. Lacey was not in possession of any weapons when he was taken into custody, and no weapons were displayed during the robbery.”