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Officer uses ATM card to enter Dorchester bank, pursue thief

A Boston police officer responding to a bank heist in the city’s Dorchester section early today used his ATM card to get into the building and pursue a thief who was spotted standing behind the teller counter, police said.

Henry Soto, 33, of Dorchester is facing numerous charges, including breaking and entering; buying, receiving or concealing stolen goods; and resisting arrest after being captured at Citizens Bank in Dorchester, Boston police said.

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Police responded just after midnight to a power outage alarm at the bank branch on Columbia Road.

When officers arrived, they noticed the door from the vestibule into the bank was damaged and a man was standing behind the teller counter. One of the officers used his ATM card to enter the vestibule and then climbed through the broken door into the lobby, police said.

The suspect ran toward the back of the bank. Officers cornered him and, after a brief struggle, handcuffed him, police said.

Officers, with the help of K-9 units, searched the building and found no one else inside. They also found a brick within a few feet of the broken door, police said.

Soto pleaded not guilty in Roxbury District Court this afternoon. Judge Pamela Dashiell denied him bail and ordered Soto to a 90-day commitment at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center, according to a spokeswoman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Soto’s status hearing is set for April 9, officials said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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