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Manchester man pleads guilty to bank robbery

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 19. 2018 7:04PM

CONCORD — A Manchester man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to robbing the Northway Bank branch in Manchester, Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced.

Aaron Pelchat, 36, will be sentenced May 8 in U.S. District Court in Concord.

“Bank robberies are violent crimes that often can jeopardize the safety of bank employees, customers, and other members of the community,” Farley said in a statement.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with the law enforcement community to combat violent crimes such as bank robberies. By combatting violent crime, our goal is (to) ensure that the citizens of the Granite State feel safe in their local communities.”

The robbery occurred May 23, 2017.

Pelchat was quickly caught thanks to many residents who identified him from surveillance images that were released in the news media.

According to court documents, Pelchat, a resident of 73 Plummer St., had entered the 29 Cilley Road bank branch at 11:30 a.m. wearing a baseball hat, blue hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and latex gloves.

“I would like to make a withdrawal,” he said before handing a teller a note demanding money.

The teller handed Pelchat the cash, $3,134 in all, and asked him if he needed an envelope. He did not answer and instead fled the bank.

Within hours of releasing the images of Pelchat, anonymous tips came in with one person saying Pelchat had since shaved off his beard. Three others corroborated that Pelchat was the robber.

A Goffstown police officer had also told investigators that Pelchat had a “distinctive walk” that was consistent with a video recording of the robbery.

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