UPDATE: BANK ROBBERY SOLVED
Wellesley Police Department BCI detectives have located and identified the subject wanted in connection with a bank robbery at 35 Washington Street on September 25, 2017. The subject was identified as Paul Landrum of Dorchester. BCI detectives worked closely with members of the Boston and Brookline Police Departments to bring this case to fruition.
WPD BCI Detectives identified and located the vehicle used by Landrum in several other bank robberies in cities and towns along Rt. 128. While surveilling the suspect’s car in Boston, they observed Landrum and another suspect wanted for armed robberies enter the vehicle. Boston officers stopped the car and placed both suspects under arrest. A second vehicle used in the Wellesley bank robbery was also located by WPD detectives in Boston days later.
Landrum is currently being held on numerous charges, and will likely be prosecuted in the US Federal Court system.
On September 25, 2017 at approximately 1:09 p.m. the Wellesley Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from an employee at Bank of America, 35 Washington Street, indicating that a male party had just robbed the bank. The employee described the suspect as male party with a darker complexion, approximately 5’11” with a muscular build, wearing a dark colored long sleeve shirt, sunglasses, a black baseball cap with a white oval shaped logo on it. There was no weapon shown.
The male party reportedly fled the bank through the rear door on foot. Witnesses on the scene reported that the suspect entered a dark colored sedan on Ledyard Street. Witnesses did not provide a direction of travel for the vehicle.
Several officers responded and began checking the area for the vehicle and suspect. St. John’s Elementary School is located nearby. As a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety of the students officers asked that students remain inside the building until officers checked the area. The Wellesley Police requested the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit to check the area. The K-9 check of the area was negative. The search was completed prior to the dismissal of school. The students were dismissed in the usual manner.
Detectives responded to the bank and are processing the scene. No further information is being released at this time. When photographs of the suspect become available they will be posted.