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Homeless man charged in rare Wellesley bank heist

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 11, 2007 01:19 PM


Police have identified a 39-year-old homeless man currently jailed in Worcester as the chief suspect in the Aug. 31 robbery of the TD Banknorth branch on Route 9 near the Wellesley-Natick border. Wellesley went eight years without a bank robbery then recorded two in barely a month's time, police say.

Richard Piper, who was arrested in connection with bank robberies in Worcester and Westborough, admitted to the Wellesley robbery and several others and was arraigned last Wednesday in Worcester District Court, according to Worcester Police Detective Bob Johnson.

Piper is being held in Worcester County House of Corrections until his arraignment in Dedham District Court for the Wellesley incident, police said.

Like Piper, the man arrested in connection with the July 27 robbery of a Bank of America branch in Lower Falls was suspected in connection with a series of bank robberies. That suspect, 32-year-old Errol Sullivan of Waltham, was arrested in Providence on Aug. 2, police said.

-- Lisa Keen

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