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Man arrested for robbing West Brookfield bank

A man was arrested for robbing a North Brookfield Savings Bank Tuesday, less than a month after being released from jail for a bank robbery conviction, police said.

Gary A. Laviolette, 32, walked into the bank at 128 West Main St. said he had a weapon and demanded cash at about 2:20 p.m., West Brookfield police said in a press release.

No weapon was shown, but he fled with an unspecified amount of cash, the release said.

State Police and several western Massachusetts police departments responded to the scene to help search for the suspect, police said.

Bank employees gave police a description of the car Laviolette drove away in. That information was important, as the car was stolen, the release said.

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The vehicle was later seen in Brimfield. A local officer pursued the vehicle, which Laviolette crashed on Dix Hill Road. He fled into woods, where a K9 dog tracked him down, the release said.

Laviolette was arrested, and taken to Harrington Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

He faces charges of armed robbery (subsequent offense), larceny. possession of a stolen motor vehicle, along with other charges. He was booked and held at the State Police barracks in Brookfield, the release said.

The stolen money was recovered, police said.

The incident came less than two weeks after Laviolette was released from jail for another bank robbery, West Brookfield Police Chief Thomas O’Donnell said.

Laviolette was released on Jan. 12, O’Donnell said by telephone Tuesday night.

Officers were unable to determine where Laviolette currently resides. He told police he was homeless, O’Donnell said.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com