Alleged Wilmington Bank Robber Indicted

Below is a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts:

BOSTON, MA — A New Hampshire man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston last week for the allegedly committing a string of five bank robberies across Northern Massachusetts.

Reinaldo Ortiz, 45, of Manchester, N.H., was indicted on five counts of bank robbery. Ortiz was previously arrested and charged by criminal complaint on January 12, 2023.

According to the charging documents, between March 9 and March 24, 2022, Ortiz drove from New Hampshire to Massachusetts and robbed a string of banks in Fitchburg, Lowell, Chelmsford, Wilmington and Lexington. It is alleged that Ortiz entered each of the banks disguised in a mask and demanded cash from the teller’s drawer. When the tellers complied, Ortiz allegedly made off with several thousand dollars in cash and fled the scene of the robbery in a gray 2006 Honda Accord. A subsequent investigation allegedly found Ortiz’s fingerprints on a glove discarded outside one of the robbed banks and that his cellphone movement was consistent with the robbery route.

The charge of bank robbery provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Manchester (N.H.) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin A. Tolkoff of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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