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Bank robbery thwarted by Nashua branch manager

Union Leader Correspondent

May 13. 2014 9:01PM

NASHUA — A bank manager thwarted a robbery after noticing a man in the Bank of America’s parking lot wearing a lot of clothing, despite Monday’s warm temperatures.

According to police, a manager of the 500 Amherst St. branch was dropping off some deposit slips at the nearby 7-Eleven store when she saw the man about 4 p.m. Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said she continued monitoring the man’s activities when she returned to the bank, watching him closely on security cameras.

When the man began to pull a mask over his face and approach the bank entrance with a firearm, the manager quickly locked the interior door to the bank, prohibiting the man from entering the building, according to Linehan.

“The branch manager was very aware of her surroundings and took proactive measures,” he said, adding the man turned away and fled the area on foot.

Authorities were notified, and police began searching for the man in the vicinity of the railroad tracks that run parallel to Amherst Street, said police.

“At this point we are still investigating, but no robbery took place,” said Linehan.

A police canine responded to the scene and was able to track the suspect’s scent along the railroad line, but was unable to locate the individual, according to police.

Police are trying to obtain some still photographs of the man from video surveillance, and have notified area businesses about the incident.

The armed man is described as a thin, white male who was wearing dark clothing, including a jacket and face mask. Because of the disguise, an estimated age is not available.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact local police at 594-3500.

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