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Southbridge Savings branch robbed

Police arrest suspect

Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
June 28, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing the Southbridge Savings Bank in the Big Y grocery store Monday.

Brian K. Vigneault, 40, of 85 Maxwell Road, Monson, was charged with unarmed robbery and was held at Southbridge Police Headquarters on $50,000 cash bail awaiting arraignment at Dudley District Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 29.

As of press time, the investigation was ongoing. Southbridge police, assisted by detectives from the Spencer Police Department and other agencies, are looking into Vigneault's possible involvement in other local bank robberies.

Monday's incident occurred at 4:19 p.m., according to Police Lt. Shane Woodson.

A teller at the bank reported being robbed by a male wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses, according to a press release issued by the Southbridge Police Department Monday night. All units were immediately dispatched to the scene.

"Big Y called us and said they got robbed by a masked man," Woodson said.

The suspect, a white male in his early 30s who Woodson declined to immediately name, did not brandish a weapon, but disguised himself with sunglasses.

After receiving the call, Sgt. Steven Bellerose passed the car in his cruiser near the intersection of Mill and Hamilton streets, turned around, and stopped the suspect, who was driving a silver Honda.

"He was taken out [of the car] at gunpoint at this location," Woodson said. "Great police work, five minutes after the robbery."

A vehicle similar to Vigneault's was recently used to rob the Southbridge Savings Bank branch inside the Big Y in Spencer on Monday, June 21. The suspect, in that incident, never showed a weapon.

A search of the car "recovered $2,340 in U.S. currency and an amount of crushed methadone pills," the police report stated. "Sgt. Bellerose also recovered a baseball hat and sunglasses believed to be used during the commission of the robbery."

Southbridge Savings Bank Security Officer Susan Keough declined to say after the incident whether any cash was taken but said the branch was closed as a result. The bank was to reopen by Tuesday, she said. She deferred additional inquires to the police.

Sgt. Bellerose was the arresting officer, assisted on scene by Auxiliary Officer Christopher Iozzo. They were assisted by Detective Sgt. Ryan Roettger, Sgt. Carlos Dingui, Sgt. Brian Haggerty, Officer Jason Bonadies, Officer Alex Berry and Auxiliary Officer Kevin Arena.

Ryan Grannan-Doll can be reached by phone at (508) 909-4050, or by e-mail at rgrand@stonebridgepress.com.

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