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UPDATED: Market Basket Armed Robbery Suspect, Two Others Bagged After Second Heist

Oct 06, 2015 10:49AM ● By Bill Gilman
UPDATED OCT. 6, 1:35 P.M.

A 30-year-old homeless man and two other suspects were be arraigned in Lowell District Court today in connection with a pair of unarmed robberies at supermarkets in Tewksbury and Chelmsford on Monday.
According to Tewksbury Police, Jason O'Doherty is charged with armed robberies at the Stadium Plaza Market Basket around 11:30 a.m. and the robbery of a Citizens Bank inside the Stop & Shop grocery store at 299 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford, around 5 p.m..
According to an article in the Lowell Sun, David Semprit, 47, and Michael Donohue, 57, both of Lowell have been arrested and charged in connection with the Chelmsford robbery. Neither is charged in the Tewksbury heist at this time.

Tewksbury Police released the following information on the Stadium Plaza robbery.

On Monday October 5, 2015 at approximately 11:45 A.M., Tewksbury Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery which had just occurred at the Market Basket, which is located at 10 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes, and spoke with the clerk at the store. The clerk stated that a white male who was heavy set with a red beard approached the Courtesy Booth and handed her a hand written note demanding $200 dollars.  She then asked the suspect what the note said, and the man said to her “$200 dollars or I will Pull it”, she then fearing for her life handed him the money.  

This suspect immediately left the store, and store officials notified Tewksbury Police to respond.    Tewksbury Police Officers immediately arrived and set up a perimeter and began to search for the suspect with every available officer, including the K-9 Officer and Detectives.  Tewksbury Detectives were able to  immediately view surveillance video from Market Basket and observed the suspect getting into a red vehicle to make his escape.  Detectives were able to collect a still photo of the suspect from this video surveillance.

Detectives then put the photo out immediately to all of our police officers, and posted it to our social media sites.  After approximately an hour of investigation, detectives collected valuable information from several callers who observed the picture posted on our social media and shared all the information they had.  The suspect was then identified as Jason O’Doherty, 30, whose last known residence is 20 North Maple St., Woburn.

Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan credited the use of social media with generating numerous tips on the whereabouts of O'Doherty.
Following the robbery at Citizens Bank, Chelmsford Police put out a BOLO for a red Oldsmobile, believed used in the heist. The vehicle was spotted and stopped by Lowell police about 30 minutes later and the three suspects were taken into custody.
No injuries were reported in either of the robberies. 
 It was not immediately known how much he got away with from the Chelmsford robbery.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov  

 


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