Police Charge Man with Haverhill, Methuen Bank Robberies

Surveillance video from Haverhill Bank. (Courtesy photograph.)

A suspect in Wednesday’s robbery at a Santander Bank in Methuen was arrested in Salem, N.H., this afternoon, on unrelated motor vehicle charges. He was also charged with two Haverhill bank robberies, earlier this month and in October.

The suspect, Martin R. Hansen Jr., 55, of Raymond, N.H., was booked at Haverhill police headquarters on charges of armed robbery and larceny over $250 for the Dec. 7 robbery at Haverhill Bank Rosemont branch, 1094 Main St., and attempted robbery Oct. 19 at Santander Bank, Main Street, Haverhill, Police Lt. Robert P. Pistone told WHAV.

Pistone credited work by Methuen and Salem, N.H., police leading to the arrest of the suspect, also sought by Methuen police in Wednesday’s robbery at Santander Bank, 125 Merrimack St., Methuen.

“As a result of investigation yesterday and early this morning Haverhill and Methuen police departments sought warrants against the suspect for the respective bank robberies,” Pistone said. “Haverhill Police Department is transporting him to Haverhill for booking, will be arraigned (Friday) at Haverhill (District) Court and then will also face arraignment in Lawrence District (Court) for the Methuen charges.”

Methuen police have charged Hansen with unarmed robbery and larceny over $250, according to Methuen Chief Joseph Solomon. He said investigators Wednesday learned the suspect passed a note to a teller and fled with an undetermined amount of cash in an older model blue Dodge Intrepid. The suspect did not show a weapon.

“Through the public’s assistance, Methuen Police were able to identify the suspect as Hansen, who later turned himself in to the Salem, N.H. Police Department,” Solomon said. “Thank you to our counterparts in N.H. for their assistance with this case, “We’re glad that the suspect willingly turned himself in and we were able to resolve this matter without incident.”

In the Haverhill robberies, as WHAV reported earlier, police had release surveillance photos showing similar suspect descriptions between the two incidents.