Bank robber was addicted to lottery tickets, police say

Robert Lee Augustine allegedly robbed two banks within 15 minutes

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police say a 67-year-old Taunton resident who lives in public housing robbed two banks within minutes over the weekend to feed a gambling addiction.

Robert Lee Augustine is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Authorities say Augustine robbed an Eastern Bank in Taunton at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and then robbed a Santander Bank in Raynham about 15 minutes later.

Police say he used the same note in each heist, claiming he was armed, although police doubt he had a weapon.

A man matching the description in both robberies was spotted at a third bank later in the day and tracked to a Taunton housing complex for the elderly.

Police tell the Boston Herald that Augustine had an addiction to scratch-off lottery tickets.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

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