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Alleged bank robber held on $200K bail

  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.
  • Eric Lord was arraigned in the Jaffrey Circuit Court on charges of robbery related to his alleged robbery of the TD Bank in New Ipswich.

JAFFREY — A New Ipswich man is being held in lieu of $200,000 cash bail after being arraigned on charges related to an alleged robbery at the New Ipswich TD Bank North on Feb. 21.

Eric Lord, 43, of New Ipswich allegedly told prosecutors in the case that his robbery of the bank, which occurred only one day after his release from state prison, was a cry for help for issues related both to mental health issues and drug addiction.

During his arraignment at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey on Wednesday afternoon, police prosecutor Michael Beausoleil told the court that Lord had an extensive criminal record dating back to 1989, continuing through 2012, which included felony charges including burglary and felony possession. Beausoleil recommended that Lord be held without bail, or in lieu of that, be held on very high cash bail.

When asked his opinion on the matter of his bail, Lord, who waived representation at his arraignment, replied, “I don’t need no bail. You don’t need me on the street.”

In an interview following his arraignment, Beausoleil commented that Lord had been very straightforward in his statements to the prosecution, saying multiple times that he was attempting to get help and rehabilitation for issues of mental health and addiction. During his arraignment, Lord echoed that sentiment, telling the judge, “I want help, that’s all, your honor.”

Lord is being charged with robbery after allegedly approaching a teller at TD Bank and handing her a handwritten note which said, “I have a gun, count $4,000 in $100 bills to me in 30 seconds or someone gets hurt.” Lord did not show a gun at the time of the robbery and is being charged with unarmed robbery. Charges against Lord accuse him of purposely putting the TD Bank teller in fear of immediate use of physical force in the course of committing theft.

According to an affidavit on file at the Jaffrey court, a New Ipswich Police officer recognized Lord from security footage provided by the bank and was able to identify him. The note Lord allegedly passed to the teller was written on a check stub, according to the affidavit. The name on the check stub was Lord’s, and was for an amount issued to Lord upon his closing his account at the state prison.

“That was the icing on the cake,” commented New Ipswich Lt. Sean Cavanaugh in an interview Wednesday. “He knew he was going to be caught. It’s kind of sad that people can be institutionalized like that, but he would be the first to admit he needs help, and he has nowhere else to turn.”

As part of his bail conditions, if Lord is able to make cash bail, he must be bailed before the court, and would have to refrain from any contact with the teller he allegedly threatened, and refrain from any use of drug or alcohol. He would also have to agree to remain in New Hampshire.

Lord is scheduled to appear next on Wednesday for a probable cause hearing at 11 a.m. at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey.

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