BOSTON, March 6, 2013—A Quincy man whose alleged robbery get-up aroused the suspicions of two separate bank tellers was arraigned yesterday on charges he robbed one South Boston bank just minutes after his attempt across the street was foiled, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
PATRICK HENNESSEY (D.O.B. 10/9/81) was arraigned in South Boston District Court yesterday on one count each of unarmed robbery and attempted unarmed robbery for the incidents late last month.
Assistant District Attorney William Champlin requested that bail be set at $25,000 for each of the dockets, for a total amount of $50,000. He also requested that Hennessey be subject to GPS monitoring and stay away from the banks, victims, and witnesses in the case. Judge Michael C. Bolden set bail at $7,500 for the unarmed robbery and $5,000 for the attempt and granted the requested conditions of release.
According to prosecutors, Hennessey walked into a Sovereign Bank on West Broadway at 11:23 on morning of Feb. 26, wearing sunglasses, a knit hat pulled low on his head, and a black jacket zipped high to partially cover his face. He held a Sovereign Bank deposit slip with writing on the back but none on the front as he waited in line for the teller, prosecutors said.
A teller noticed Hennessey as soon as he entered and instructed him to remove his hat and sunglasses, prosecutors said. After the request was repeated several times, Hennessey turned away from the teller, removed the sunglasses, and pulled the hat even lower, according to prosecutors. Upon the teller’s insistence that he needed to remove his hat, Hennessey allegedly became nervous and walked out with the deposit slip still in his hand.
Four minutes later, prosecutors said, Hennessey entered the Citizen’s Bank across the street wearing the same clothing and carrying the same deposit slip, prosecutors said. A second astute teller immediately pulled a silent alarm to inform police.
Hennessey approached the Citizen’s teller and flung the Sovereign Bank slip at her, prosecutors said. On the back was written, “Give me all the money please no dye packs.” Hennessey provided a CVS bag into which the teller placed the cash, prosecutors said. He then grabbed the bag and fled.
Hennessey was identified as a suspect through anonymous calls placed to both the Boston Police Department and to the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force and through the use of photo arrays, prosecutors said. Tellers at both banks were able to identify Hennessey as the assailant.
Hennessey was represented at arraignment by Sarah Kennedy. He will return to court on April 2.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.