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Third robbery suspect sought

Police looking for white male driver in GFA case

PETERBOROUGH — Police are searching for the driver of a gray Mazda 626 sedan used as the getaway car after the Nov. 18 robbery at the GFA Credit Union on Jaffrey Road.

“We have a first name of Sean, a white man who was driving the vehicle,” Peterborough Sgt. Michael Chapdelaine said on Wednesday. “We are still looking for him.”

Witnesses told police that the two men who robbed the bank got into a car parked at the north end of the plaza, which was driven north on Grove Street.

On Nov. 23, less than a week after the robbery, police from Peterborough and Leominster, Mass., arrested Christopher M. Clarke, 27, of Leominster and charged him with armed robbery. After additional investigation, police identified a second suspect and, on Dec. 4, Massachusetts State Police arrested a second man, Michael Mack, 24, of Fitchburg, Mass., on a Peterborough warrant charging him with armed robbery.

Chapdelaine said fingerprint evidence from the GFA linked one of the suspects to the robbery.

“We used photo lineups as well,” he said. “The witnesses did a great job. Their identification of the car was spot on.”

Mack and Clarke are both being held in jail in Massachusetts, and Chapdelaine said it could be some time before they are sent to New Hampshire to face trial.

“Neither of them has waived extradition,” Chapdelaine said. “We’re trying now to get governor’s warrants for both of them. Michael Mack has multiple charges in Massachusetts. Most likely we won’t get a crack at him for a while.”

The robbery took place at about 2:35 p.m., when two men entered the credit union and one displayed a gun. They took a little more than $11,000 in cash, some of which was recovered at a residence in Gardner, Mass, according to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard.

Police also seized the Mazda sedan.

Chapdelaine confirmed that one of the robbers had given a note to a bank employee during the robbery, but he would not discuss what it said. According to a report in the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, court documents in Massachusetts state that the note read, “You have 30 seconds to give me all the large bills or we will shoot.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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