Boston Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man they say scoped out three banks along Centre Street yesterday before finally deciding to rob the Citizens Bank branch at 696 Centre St., next to the 7-Eleven.
Police say officers from the Violent Crimes Task Force, on patrol as part of an investigation into recent bank robberies, actually watched Richard Pimental, 60, get out of a car at Harris Avenue and Centre Street, about a half block from the branch, and then shop for a bank to rob, around 12:45 p.m. He went into the Citizens Bank branch and then:
[T]he officers observed him sprint away, looking back over his shoulder while removing a hat, mask and gloves. Pimental ran back towards Harris Avenue and was observed in the rear of the same black motor vehicle he was seen exiting earlier.
Officers then followed Pimental about a half mile to 46 Carolina Ave., where they pulled up and arrested him on a charge of armed bank robbery. Police say they recovered a pocket knive, the $681 bank employees say he got away with and "other items of evidentiary value."