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Female suspect sought in robberies at markets in Brockton area

Police suspect that four bank robberies at Stop & Shop supermarkets in the Brockton area may have been committed by the same woman.

The two latest cases occurred Saturday afternoon, when a woman robbed Citizens Bank branches in Brockton Stop & Shop stores, police said. It followed similar cases in Whitman on Friday and Stough­ton on Sept. 6.

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On Saturday, Brockton police said, the suspect robbed the bank branch in the supermarket at 932 North Montello St. at about 2 p.m., and the one at 683 Belmont St. less than an hour later.

Although Brockton police said they could not confirm that the same person was involved, they described the suspect in both cases as a white woman about 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall, wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt.

Police do not know the age of the suspect. They said she showed no weapon.

“This doesn’t usually happen in grocery stores,” said a Brockton police supervisor, who asked not to be named. “There’s a lot more people there, so it would be harder to get in and out.”

Brockton police said the suspect matches the description of a woman who allegedly held up the Citizens Bank at the Stop & Shop in Whitman on Friday.

Whitman police described the suspect in that case as a white female about 5 feet tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, sneakers, a baseball cap, and glasses. She handed the bank teller a note around 6:30 p.m. demanding money, and indicated that she had a gun.

The teller handed over money from his drawer, and the woman ran away. Police dog teams found the stolen money in a nearby parking lot, ruined from a dye pack.

In addition, Stoughton police said a suspect with the same description held up the Citizens Bank in the Stop & Shop at 278 Washington St. at about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

“There seems to be some targeting of Citizens Banks in shopping plazas, so we’ve heightened our presence in that area,” said Stoughton police Sergeant Daniel McGowan.

Anyone with information can contact Brockton police at 508-941-0200; Whitman police at 781-447-1212; or Stoughton police at 781-344-2424.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com.
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