Police seek Franklin First bank robber

  • Franklin First Federal Credit Union in Greenfield was robbed around closing time at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The suspect was reportedly unarmed and no one was injured. The robbery is being investigated by the Greenfield Police Department and Massachusetts State Police. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 1/28/2022 11:38:43 AM

GREENFIELD — Franklin First Federal Credit Union was robbed shortly before its 6 p.m. closing on Thursday and authorities are searching for the man believed to be the crime’s lone suspect.

The Greenfield Police Department is being assisted by Massachusetts State Police in reviewing surveillance footage and talking to potential witnesses. Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. said the suspect, described as a white man wearing a mask and a baggy hooded sweatshirt, was unarmed. Haigh declined to describe the vehicle the suspect was traveling in or to disclose the amount of money allegedly stolen.

Speaking Friday morning, Haigh said he was unsure if there is any connection to the unsolved December bank robbery at the Turners Falls branch of Greenfield Cooperative Bank.

Michelle Dwyer, president and CEO of Franklin First Federal Credit Union, said all employees followed protocol and remained safe during the ordeal.

“And the response by the Greenfield Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police was fantastic,” she said in her office Friday morning, adding that authorities were notified by an alarm. The credit union at 57 Newton St. opened on time at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Dwyer said employee morale was as good as could be expected the morning after a robbery.

“Everybody’s good. We’re all here taking care of each other, so that’s all I can ask,” she said, adding that some were left rattled. “I think that’s just human nature.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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