The Recorder – Turners Falls bank robbery under ongoing investigation


Posted: 12/21/2021 4:29:39 PM

Modified: 12/21/2021 16:29:24 PM

TURNERS FALLS – The Montague Police Department is still actively investigating the theft of the A-Avenue Greenfield Co-operative Bank that occurred on December 16.

Police Chief Christopher Williams said the ongoing investigation, which includes Massachusetts State Police and other local agencies, potentially involves a small to midsize gray car, according to testimony.

Williams admitted his department was “having great difficulty” moving the investigation forward due to a lack of conclusive evidence, adding that security cameras around town were out of order and collecting relatively unnecessary footage .

He declined to comment on further details.

“There is nothing we can share at this point,” said Williams. “We have to hold the cards fairly close to our chest at this time.”

The initial incident, recounted by a bank teller, involved a man, potentially in his thirties, presenting a note demanding money around 11:45 a.m. on December 16. The specific contents of the note, the amount of money stolen and the number of people in the bank at the time of the theft were not disclosed. No weapons were shown and no one was injured in the incident, Lt. Christopher Bonnett said at the scene.

Initially, the bank teller said he saw someone leave the bank at the time of the theft in a blue Nissan. Police located the vehicle as a potential lead, but quickly concluded that the vehicle and its driver had nothing to do with the crime.

“It was just a ‘stalk every lead’ thing,” Bonnett said at the time, “but it sure wasn’t (the author).”

Those with information regarding the theft can contact the Montague Police Department at 413-863-8911.

Contact Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or [email protected]


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