HANSON — Hanson police made two arrests in an afternoon bank robbery on Tuesday after a car was located on route 228 in Norwell matching the alleged get-away vehicle.
At approximately 1:28 p.m., Tuesday, the Hanson Police Department received a report that the Rockland Trust Bank branch, located at 470 Liberty Street had been robbed, according to Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch.
David A. Poulos, 28, and Paige A. Banagis, 24, both Rockland residents were charged in the crime.
Poulos was described as a white male, who did not show a weapon when he gave the teller a note demanding cash in large bills. Banagis was named as the alleged driver in the robbery.
Police broadcasted a description of the suspect alerting other towns to the incident and possible suspect/s. Officers from neighboring communities spotted the suspect vehicle and a stop was made by the Massachusetts State Police in Norwell. During the stop the suspect attempted to dispose of cash in the trash at the gas station.
The undisclosed amount of cash was recovered, said Miksch.
Hanson officers responded to the gas station and were able to make a positive identification of the suspect.
Hanson Police, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department BCI and K9 Unit, Massachusetts State Police and the FBI Bank Task Force also responded to the scene.
The pair is charged with unarmed robbery and larceny over $250 [an undisclosed total amount].
Banagis is being held on $10,000 bail. Poulos is held on $15,000 bail. They were due to be arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Wednesday.
The Hanson police are currently co-operating with the FBI Bank Task Force and State Police further investigating whether the suspects are responsible for bank robberies in other towns, Miksch stated.
“The Hanson Police Department would like to thank the above mentioned agencies as well as the Rockland, Weymouth, Canton, and Norwell Police Departments,” Miksch said.