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Suspect may have robbed Dorchester bank 3 times, police think

Boston police have arrested a suspected bank robber after the man, who was on the depart­ment’s Most Wanted list, allegedly robbed a Dorchester bank for what police believe to be the third time in a month.

Seamus Simcock, 31, of Dorchester, was arraigned in Dorchester District Court Thursday on one count of unarmed robbery, according to court records. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

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Police arrested Simcock Wednesday, after responding to a report of a robbery in progress at the Eastern Bank at 1906 Dorchester Ave., a police statement said.

Police believe that Simcock was also responsible for robberies at the same bank on March 9 and March 26, the statement said.

At around 3 p.m. Wednesday, a man wearing a black mask walked into Eastern Bank, the statement said. With his hands in the pockets of a gray hooded sweatshirt, the man yelled: “Now! Now! Give me the cash,” the statement said. A bank employee who gave the robber cash from a register later told officers that no weapon was shown and that the robber appeared to be the same person who had previously robbed the bank.

The man fled on foot after witnesses to the robbery told a taxi driver not to allow the man into a cab that he had hailed, the statement said. A short while later, police officers on Ashmont Street saw Simcock, and when they tried to arrest him, he ran. When officers caught him on Adanac Terrace, Simcock dropped a large bundle of bills, the statement said.

Simcock was held on $35,000 cash bail. He will return to court May 7 for a probable cause hearing.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com.
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