Banking

BPD Catches Bank Robber In Port-A-Potty

In bizarre banking news, the Boston Police Department announced it had arrested a bank robbery suspect who was hiding in a port-a-potty.

AP News reported Thursday that the suspect, Steven Spolidoro, a 41-year-old man from Woburn, Massachusetts, was wanted by the police for allegedly holding up the East Boston Savings Bank on Squire Road in Revere at approximately 1:00 PM on Wednesday (Nov. 29).

According to reports, Spolidoro demanded money from the tellers, then left the bank with $1,000 in stolen cash. A dye pack attached to the money exploded as he fled the scene, CBS Boston noted.

The suspect’s vehicle was followed by an off-duty officer and an East Boston Savings employee until Revere Police could catch up. Law enforcement followed Spolidoro into Boston. The vehicle chase resulted in state and local police officers swarming Spolidoro near the Nashua Street Jail, but the suspect abandoned his car and fled the area on foot.

Police officers instituted a search, eventually locating Spolidoro near the TD Garden arena hiding in a locked portable toilet. The giveaway for law enforcement was the red gauge on the door handle, as all but one in the row of port-a-potty units were green — indicating the portable toilets were unlocked and not in use.

Spolidoro’s arraignment will be held on Tuesday (Dec. 5). He is also being questioned in connection to a Nov. 24 robbery at East Boston Savings Bank in Everett.

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