Weymouth police arrested three suspects in a Friday bank robbery who allegedly had searched the Internet for information on what happens to bank robbers, the department said in a statement.
Sarah J. McLoud, 27, of Weymouth; Robert W. Owens, 28, of Bridgewater; and Daniel M. Murphy, 30, of Quincy, were arrested following the midmorning robbery of Weymouth Bank at 51 Columbian St., police said in the statement on the department’s Facebook page.
Witnesses said a blond woman in a baseball cap and New England Patriots sweat shirt, later identified as McLoud, demanded money from a teller and said not to include a dye pack and no one would be hurt, police said. She did not show the teller a weapon.
The teller handed over an undetermined amount of cash, police said, and the woman fled down an adjacent residential street.
Narcotics detectives who viewed surveillance footage believed they recognized McLoud, a suspect in the ongoing investigation of a heroin ring based at 51 Torrey St., just around the corner from the bank, police said. Owens was also a suspect in that investigation.
Police found McLoud and Owens at the Torrey Street address shortly after 4 p.m. and arrested them, according to the statement. Police did not disclose the arrests until Monday.
Officers then secured a search warrant for McCloud’s room at Torrey Street and found the clothing she wore during the robbery, the stolen cash, and “a significant quantity of heroin packaged for sale,” police said.
Officers also found a computer recently used to search the phrases, “What happens if you rob a bank,” “What happens if you rob a house,” “What happens if you rob a drug dealer,” and “If you’re going to rob a bank,” police said.
The investigation showed that Owens was McLoud’s accomplice in planning and executing the robbery, police said, and that Murphy had driven the getaway car.
At about 8 p.m. Saturday, Weymouth police pulled Murphy over in the getaway car on Middle Street and arrested him on charges of being an accessory after the fact in the robbery and possession of Suboxone, an opioid drug.
Police charged McLoud and Owens with unarmed robbery, conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession with intent to distribute Xanax. They were held over the holiday weekend on $10,000 cash bail.
Murphy was held on $25,000 cash bail.
The three will be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Tuesday.Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.