North Smithfield bank robbed by masked suspect

Photos: North Smithfield Police

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Police and the FBI are investigating after a North Smithfield bank was robbed by a masked suspect.

According to police, the man entered the Citizens Bank branch located at 67 Eddie Dowling Hwy. at about 9:42 a.m., ordered several customers and employees to the ground and demanded money from a teller.

The suspect then left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. While he was running down a stairway outside, police said one of the red dye packets exploded and several hundred dollars scattered along the ground. The cash was recovered by responding officers.

Marcos Valentin | WPRI-TV
Marcos Valentin | WPRI-TV

The suspect did not display a weapon during the robbery, according to police. He was last seen running from the lower rear parking lot in a southerly direction.

Police described the suspect as a male with a medium build, standing approximately 6 feet tall, and wearing a black homemade ski mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants with a red stripe down the side. The sweatshirt and sweatpants may be stained with red dye.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call the North Smithfield Police Department at (401) 762-1212 ext. 0 or the department’s Tip Line at (401) 762-9983 or the FBI’s Providence Office at (401) 272-8310.

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