Serial Boston Bank Robber Under Arrest Once Again

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man with a lengthy list of bank robbery convictions has been arrested once again, for two robberies and one attempted robbery that happened within weeks of each other in Boston.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said in a statement that 59-year-old William Sequeira was put back behind bars, held on a bail of $50,000 with a condition that he stay away from Boston, and from banks involved in his recent heists.

On September 27, the Boston Police Department sent officers to respond to a robbery at the Santander Bank on Berkeley Street, where employees told officials that a man had allegedly entered the bank wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a white surgical mask, and told the teller "give me a hundred dollar bill or I'll shoot you." Though witnesses say no handgun was shown, the man allegedly walked out with $500.

The next day on September 28, Boston officers responded to another bank robbery, this time at the M&T Bank on Boylston Street, where tellers say a man entered the bank and demanded money. Officials say the suspect said "I'm going to put a gun to your head if you don't give me $100 bills." In this incident the suspect walked away with $388.

A week later, members of a joint violent crime task force were surveilling the Citizens Bank at 426 Boylston Street in Back Bay when they spotted a man matching the description of the suspect in the previous two robberies. Officials witnessed the man, later identified to be Sequeira, allegedly walk up to the teller and repeatedly demanded for hundred dollar bills. Authorities placed the suspect under arrest.

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Sequeira has been convicted for multiple robberies in the past, and was even featured on Caught in Providence where he testified that one of the characters in the heist movie The Town was based on him. Though his claim was never proved legitimate, Sequeira said on the show that he had robbed more than 100 banks and served more than three decades in prison over the course of his career.

“This is a person who has clearly not learned from his prior arrests and convictions. Thanks to diligent investigative work he was apprehended before anyone got injured,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said.

Sequeira is expected to return to court On November 3 for a pre-trial hearing.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.

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