Update On Falmouth Main Street Credit Union Robbery
By: SAM HOUGHTON, April 28, 2014
Joseph Monteiro of Teaticket was arraigned at the Falmouth District Court Friday afternoon and charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime in connection with the robbery of the First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union on Main Street.
Police arrested Mr. Monteiro at his residence at approximately 11:30 PM on Thursday, April 24.
At 4:34 Thursday afternoon, Falmouth police received a report from a bank employee that a man had just fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
After an investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Mr. Monteiro and proceeded to arrest him. Evidence recovered included cash and the clothes Mr. Monteiro was wearing during the robbery.
A bank teller at the credit union wrote in an affidavit that a six-foot man walked behind the bank along the drive-through and then entered through the front entrance. The teller said that he wore “big round sunglasses,” a green jogging suit and a white bandanna.
She said that the man approached the counter and said, “This is a robbery. Are you going to give me the money? I don’t want to have to shoot you.”
She said that she gave him what was later counted as $3,564. The man stuffed the money into his pockets and then left the bank on foot.
Her affidavit stated that she did not see him with a gun in his possession. Two other tellers at the bank had their backs turned during the robbery, they said in court documents.
Patrolman Eric L. Kraus arrived at the bank shortly after and said that he recognized the man to be Joseph Monteiro after he viewed video surveillance, court documents said.
Another court document said that police had known Mr. Monteiro from previous incidents. One Falmouth police report said that he would soon be charged for a larceny after Patrolman Clifford Harris said that he viewed video surveillance of Mr. Monteiro swiping a bottle of tequila from the Teaticket Market on Easter Sunday.
On Thursday night, five officers surrounded Mr. Monteiro’s residence in Teaticket and arrested him in his living room. He initially resisted but police eventually apprehended him.