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Robbery suspect held on $500,000 cash bail

  • Security camera footage of the suspect who robbed the TD Bank on Sunday afternoon.<br/>Submitted photo by Greenfield Police Department

    Security camera footage of the suspect who robbed the TD Bank on Sunday afternoon.
    Submitted photo by Greenfield Police Department

  • Security camera footage of the suspect who robbed the TD Bank on Sunday afternoon.<br/>Submitted photo by Greenfield Police Department

GREENFIELD — The man suspected of robbing three local banks at gunpoint has been arraigned on charges from the most recent robbery.

Richard C. May, 38, of 44 Linden Ave., has been charged with armed and masked robbery, in the March 13 robbery of the Greenfield Cooperative Bank branch at 277 Federal St.

May is being held on $500,000 cash bail, or $5 million surety.

The gunman in the March 13 robbery walked in, pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the bank’s tellers, and demanded money, saying “Let’s go; you have 10 seconds. No cell phones,” according to a police report filed by Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy

According to court documents, the robber made off with $6,228 in cash from the hold-up.

The suspect in the March 13 robbery was witnessed getting into a white Ford Explorer, which was later recovered, according to the report.

Police who responded to May’s residence that afternoon learned that he had been dropped off in Holyoke after the robbery, according to the report. The driver told police May had given her three $10 bills for gas money. She gave the bills to police, and they were confirmed to be tracked “bait bills” supplied to Greenfield Cooperative Bank, according to McCarthy’s report.

While at the house, police found clothing that matched that worn in the Greenfield Cooperative Bank robbery, as well as outfits that matched what the robber in the Feb. 17 and March 3 TD Bank robberies wore, wrote McCarthy.

In all three robberies, said McCarthy, the gunman wore sunglasses, a mask, and a hooded sweatshirt, and brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun.

May evaded police for seven days, but was apprehended by Holyoke Police Wednesday evening, when officers saw him walking in the area of Southbridge and Hamilton streets, said McCarthy.

The lieutenant said May initially denied his identity to Holyoke officers, but they weren’t fooled, as his picture had been widely circulated.

Charges have not been brought against May for the TD Bank robberies, though McCarthy said Wednesday that they will likely follow.

May is due back in Greenfield District Court April 19, for a bind-over hearing.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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