Springfield man arrested after West Brookfield bank robbery

Residents were asked to lock doors

Photo Courtesy: Brimfield Police Department

BRIMFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man is facing charges including armed robbery, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, among other charges after police say he robbed a bank Tuesday afternoon.

Photo Courtesy: West Brookfield Police Department

West Brookfield Police Chief Thomas O’Donnell told 22News 32-year-old Gary Laviolette robbed the North Brookfield Savings Bank on West Main Street on Tuesday.

Chief O’Donnell said Laviolette stole an undisclosed amount of money after threatening with a weapon he never showed and drove away in a vehicle. Bank employees were able to get a description of the vehicle Laviolette was driving, as well as the plate number.

Laviolette was arrested in Brimfield when he ran into the woods on the south side of Tower Hill Road after crashing the car he was driving and ran on foot.

Police later discovered that the vehicle Laviolette was driving was stolen out of Springfield.

Laviolette described to have been wearing dark clothing during the robbery.

He was taken to Harrington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries before being transported to the Brookfield State Police barracks for booking.

The money he stole was recovered.

Officials say a police dog assisted in Laviolette arrest.

State Police, Brimfield Police, Brookfield Police, North Brookfield Police, Warren Police, Sturbridge Police, Holland Police and Monson Police departments were also involved.

Officers searched the area of Dix Hill Road, Marsh Hill Road, Brookfield Road and Tower Hill Road.