DRACUT — Dye-stained cash was scattered across Emerson Avenue in Wednesday after a suspect in a black ski mask held up the TD Bank branch there and fled with cash containing a dye pack that exploded once he left, according to police radio broadcasts.
Police were called to the bank about 1:30 p.m., for a report of a robbery, and quickly learned that a suspect who a red sweatshirt and a black ski mask had held up the bank, according to radio broadcasts.
The suspect was later described as a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, with red, bloodshot eyes, according to radio broadcasts. The suspect was believed to have fled up Emerson Avenue in a small, dark-colored sedan, according to radio broadcasts.
There were no reports of injuries. Police said in radio broadcasts that the suspect neither displayed nor claimed to have a weapon.
Not long after the heist, Lowell officers were searching the area of Sycamore and Fairmount streets after someone saw a man get out of a car, wipe it down, and then walk away with a suitcase, according to radio broadcasts.
Dracut police were also searching the area of Cheever Avenue and Pemberton Street after someone saw a man in the woods near there, according to radio broadcasts.
Canine units from Chelmsford police and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office were assisting at the scene.
The heist comes just two days after a Sage Bank branch at 691 Rogers St., in Lowell, was robbed on Monday by a suspect who wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black mask pulled a gun on a clerk and demanded cash.
Police are still investigating that heist, but it was too early to immediately say whether the two robberies may be connected.
The robbery at TD Bank is at least the 11th robbery there since 2008. The most recent heist at the branch was on Nov. 17 of last year.
Anyone with information is asked to call Dracut police at 978-957-2123.
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