Bank robberies in Quincy have been on the uptick over the past year, but the police say their track record in solving the crimes show the misdeeds don’t pay for long.
“Since July 2012 there have been 15 bank robberies in the city of Quincy,” said Lt. John Steele. “Fortunately, through some hard work and luck, we’ve solved 14 out of the 15. We have only one outstanding.”
Police said the only remaining unsolved bank robbery that has occurred in the last year took place on June 26 at an Eastern Bank on Franklin Street. Police said the suspect is a woman.
“We have good photos, but we don’t have a ton of leads on that,” Steele said.
Regardless of the one unsolved robbery, police have tied up the loose ends to several other robberies with arrests this week.
According to Steele, police made an arrest this week for a robbery that took place at the Rockland Trust on Quincy Avenue Aug. 14.
Police said both police and civilian sources identified the suspect using surveillance photos.
Thomas Keeley, 24, from Braintree was arrested and interviewed. He allegedly admitted to robbing another bank out of Rockland the day prior to the Quincy robbery.
He was arraigned on the robbery charges in Quincy District Court on Aug. 21.
Police also arrested a man accused of robbing a Sovereign Bank on Aug. 7, a South Coastal Bank on Aug. 16, and a Walgreen's in North Quincy on Aug. 17.
Police said they identified the man using surveillance photos.
“We received a tip he was up in Belmont. The Bank Robbery Task Force and Belmont PD were able to arrest him,” Steele said. “Quincy police brought him back here, he was interviewed and he admitted his involvement in all three [robberies].”
Michael Salvaggio, 46, formerly of Quincy but currently homeless, was arraigned on the robbery charges on Aug. 22 at Quincy District Court. According to Steele, he was held on $50,000 cash bail.
The successful investigations into area bank robberies have police confident in the way they are handling the incidents.
“We work with the banks very closely with their security people. All banks in Quincy have good security systems, and we also work well with the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, which is a combination of federal, state, and local detectives. We have a good relationship with them,” Steele said.
Steele also said Quincy officers had been reminded to make frequent checks at banks in their districts. Increased patrols were unlikely.
Steele was unsure why there had been an uptick in the crimes, but noted that most robberies had been undertaken by suspects with a serious drug addiction.
Regardless of the reason, police are hoping the current statistics will discourage others from also robbing banks.
“Evidence by the 15 robberies we have, we only have one unsolved case. It’s not a crime suspects should feel confident that they will get away with,“ Steele said.
All bank robberies from July 2012 through August 2013:
Aug. 16 - South coastal – (77 Granite St.)
Aug. 14 - Rockalnd truck - (301 Quincy Ave)
Aug. 7 - Soverign Bank – (1150 Hancock St.)
Aug. 5 - Eastern Bank – (63 Franklin St.)
July 27 – Citizens Bank - (371 Hancock St.)
July 8 – Citizens Bank - (1200 Hancock St.)
June 26 – Eastern Bank - (63 Franklin Street) - UNSOLVED
April 25 - Braintree Cooperative - (505 Quincy Ave)
Feb. 11 - Quincy Credit Union - (100 Quincy Ave)
Jan. 28 - Eastern Bank - (63 Franklin St.)
Dec. 15, 2012 – Sovereign Bank - (1150 Hancock St.)
Sept. 4, 2012 – Rockland Trust - (301 Quincy Ave)
Aug. 17, 2012 - Eastern Bank – (Franklin St.)
July 30, 2012 - Eastern Bank – (Franklin St.)
July 16, 2012 - Colonial Federal Savings Bank - (15 Beach St)