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Cooperative Bank Robbery Foiled by Good Samaritan

A customer noticed the robbery in progress and tackled the robber in the parking lot.

Authorities caught with a little help from an alert (and brave) bystander.

Jim Andrea told WHDH that he happened to be in the this morning to cash a check when he noticed the robber’s wig and the fear in the cashier’s eyes.

When the robber left the bank, Andrea told 7 News, he tackled him in the parking lot and pinned him there until police arrived.

“I just kept his hands away from his belt,” Andrea said. “I didn’t know if he had a knife or a gun.”

Andrea told the station that the tussle felt like it lasted a long time, but probably only extended about three minutes.

Chris Bulger, a passerby, caught a photo of the scene shortly after the robbery. The shot appears to show evidence of Andrea’s handiwork: the robber’s wig—which Bulger noted looked a bit like a dead cat.

The suspect Andrea detained, Robert Krol, 32 of Charlestown, was held today and will be arraigned tomorrow on multiple charges, according to the District Attorney's office. The bank reopened shortly after the incident.

Morry Jordan June 19, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Well done Jim, Well done. glad you are safe...
Charlestowns Finest June 20, 2012 at 04:02 AM
No lets hold on even tho I love Jimmie know him well now he gotta live with walking bye this poorboys father now Krol was a known drug user he was harmless he was fighting addiction also his mother just passed so let's not be so tuff on the kid no emotion remember that's the Townie way no man that grew up here can say different now I'm not defending Krol because jimmy probably saved his life for a couple more years he still should of kept his head down an let the kid go I know it's a double standed but where was the good Samaritan in the projects for the poor girl that got smacked for her pocketbook down the projects. Sometimes you turn your back sometimes you don't that poor girl wasn't insured by the government the co op was as glad as I am Jimmy's ok in my opion he should of got in his car an left Charlestown really is ova sometimes you turn away sometimes you defend your Town Townis know the fine line.
Charlestown joe June 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Charlestown finest! Are you for real? First, don't care if he was a townie, Second or that he was a drug addict, recovering! Still gives no right to rob anyone, and as you say it's ok because of these things? And on top of it all just because they are insured that makes it even more ok! Again I ask you. "are you serious" As for the poor girl in the projects, I suppose IF there was someone like jimmy there he would have stopped that also. But more than likely like you say (quote) just walk away and forget it.. Maybe if someone you loved was a victim you would have a different attitude in your comments! Or maybe you should grow up! and take some responsibility..
Joseph June 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Let me get this straight. In that incredibly long run-on sentence, did you conclude that Jimmy (or Jim, I don't know him) should have turned a blind eye on this bank robber cause he's a Townie having drug issues? You give an example about the woman getting mugged, yet you fail to consider the bank tellers that were held up, not knowing if this bank robber is going to shoot them or not? How about the emotional toll it had on them? They are clean, hardworking individuals that have to allow and accept this sort of behavior? That's some F'd up logic there buddy. There's always outside factors and excuses with criminals and drug users, and it's never their fault.
Jen.Krol June 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Maybe ppl shouldnt talk ppls business before knowing everything... my cousin may not have always made the right decisions... but everyone has theyre down falls... he fucked up and hes taking responsibility.. move on the next... please.. hes a dope and if i could knock him out myself i would.. but i dont need my family esp my uncle reading shit about his son...
Joseph June 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
He's taking responsibility cause he got caught Jen. If he got away with it, he wouldn't be taking any responsibility.
Jen.Krol June 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You're probably right... and im not excusing his actions... its still my family and his addiction or anything about my aunt doesnt need to be everyones business or gossiped..
Irish3148 June 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I know what some people will say, townies have always minded their own business, that they way it is, jimmy is a long time townie, and I spoke with him, the difference is, even at the height of bank robberies in Charlestown, people never robbed from their own town, townies work at that bank and jimmy is friends with them, plus he thought robber was an out of town guy, townies never pissed in their back yard, that's why jimmy did what he did, I am not slamming Krol, I am not wacked out on drugs so I don't know what it's like, townies never robbed banks from their own town and when the bank employees are local, but townies were never this messed up drugs, it's sad but you can't let this happen in your back yard or to employes who are your friends, jimmy is a solid guy and most old school townies would have done this if they were in the same situation in their back yard
Seamus O'Sullivan June 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
"maybe I am crazy to think there's a difference in the crimes" yes, yes you are. there is absolutely no justifying a bank robbery whether the person was high, looking for drug money, or not. also i think we toonies are all smart enough to realize that the Town was just a movie, a bad one at that, and no one i know thought it represented Charlestown. maybe the way Charlestown used to be. wake up bro, it's not like that anymore. the sooner you rejects accept that, the better off you'll be.
Joseph June 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
When this story first posted, I honestly thought there was absolutely no chance of this crook being from Charlestown. Mr. Charlestowns Finest (aka, Fare to Say), it was YOU that gave us the bank robbers name, told us about his addictions, making excuses for him and how Mr. Andrea is to blame for restraining him. All posts prior to yours were kudos to Mr. Andrea for stepping in. It was YOU that shared information that was only privy to a few people, placing blame on someone other than the individual guilty of the crime, hating on newer residents of Charlestown and talking about the good ole days. If it were the good ole days, nobody would have known who this bank robber was. However, YOU choose to share all this information on a community website. Would this be a good example of irony? It's a clear example of contradiction. Get over it Uncle Rico. Times have changed.
Joseph June 20, 2012 at 06:30 PM
When this story first posted, I honestly thought there was absolutely no chance of this crook being from Charlestown. Mr. Charlestowns Finest (aka, Fare to Say), it was YOU that gave us the bank robbers name, told us about his addictions, making excuses for him and how Mr. Andrea is to blame for restraining him. All posts prior to yours were kudos to Mr. Andrea for stepping in. It was YOU that shared information that was only privy to a few people, placing blame on someone other than the individual guilty of the crime, hating on newer residents of Charlestown and talking about the good ole days. If it were the good ole days, nobody would have known who this bank robber was. However, YOU choose to share all this information on a community website. Would this be a good example of irony? It's a clear example of contradiction. Get over it Uncle Rico. Times have changed.
Charlestown joe June 20, 2012 at 07:21 PM
To charlestowns finest: So much for the code of silence with you! And you are the one stating to walk away and ignore it, remind me not to do a bank job with you! One of my relatives was in a Charlestown bank when it got robbed, and just for the record, if I happen to have been there when this robbery happened, Believe me, he would have been going to the hospital and not the police station. Sick and tired of the lame excuse, he/she has a drug problem! They get better benefits than a person that is working hard for a living! They get housing,free medical, and also a SSI check and then once in awhile when they feel like going on vacation, they go into a re-hab for a freebie r&r for 3 weeks. Unbelievable! So probably I should feel bad that he robbed from his own and got caugh! NOT!
Townie June 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
How about you all mind your business and let him and his family worry about it... Don't you have anything better to do than bicker back and forth? No one is here to say who is right or wrong and you are entitled to your own opinions .. But why don't you keep them to yourself .. No one is perfect remember that!
The Truth hurts June 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Testing
The Truth hurts June 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM
No smart remarks this is getting good
How's Ya bunny June 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Testing
joe banks June 21, 2012 at 12:57 AM
It dosent even matter anymore the town is a joke. There are known rats walking around town. They have supposed solid townies as facebook freinds. The whole question of did mr andrea do the rite thing or not is insignificant . Bobby is not a tough guy he does not come from a family of tough guys so mr andrea will not have to look over his shoulder but what the people of this town will do is talk sh**t behind his back then shake his hand and tell him great job And for the person that wrote the comment about not sh*ting in our own back yard there have been a bunch of charlestown guys arrested for robbing local banks
Joe June 21, 2012 at 12:57 AM
FYI - most drug addicts do NOT get better benefits than someone who is working, OR free housing, or "R&R" as you call it for 3 weeks. Sure there are some that manipulate the system but the vast majority have NO benefits, NO SSI, or NO free rehab. The fact that this non-violent person felt he had to resort to trying to rob a bank to keep up his habit is a testament to that.. Also, rehab is NOT "R&R" as you call it. It is VERY HARD work. You have obviously never tried to overcome an addiction. Do not get me wrong this was an idiot move and I am not defending it in the least, but to classify all addicts the way you did is wrong. I think maybe you should attend an AA/NA meeting sometime & see the living hell that addicts need to go through.
Joe June 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM
What does Paul Pierce have anything to do with this?
Joe June 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Good on ya Townie!
Charlestown joe June 21, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I only have one final word on this post, and it explains it all! " ILLEGAL" It covers it all.
Joe June 21, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Yup-bank robberies are illegal. Brilliant final word! So astute. Being an addict is not. I'd have to disagree that your final word does not "cover it all". There are many layers to any matter & to think one word covers such broad subjects as crime, punishment & addiction is small minded.
TheMaskedTruthsayer June 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I hope the kid finallygets some help and I am glad everyone involved is o.k.. Thats about all that one can say in this matter.
Joseph June 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM
How's Ya Bunny - Why did you stop policing yourselves? Because people you despise moved into Charlestown? Is that your argument? Damn, that's funny. I moved here in '97 and have seen less policing and more not giving a f**k. G'day. Fresh Prince out.
Charlestown joe June 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Joe... Are drugs legal now? I must have missed that law passing... Robbing banks/people, that's is also legal? Must have missed that one too... as far as being an addict,well that is something you bring upon yourself,and when you do all the above one word does cover it. As for punishment, that you have in you post ,that would be the only legal aspect I suppose you are a person that believe's stealing cars, peoples property, being disrupted and breaking into houses is also ok, and is not illegal because of a addiction? That is not a defense, that is an poor excuse, and not a good one either!
Lisa McGoff Collins June 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
just have to say, I agree with a few on here. Drugs are an addiction, this person chose to go on drugs, no-one forced him, his problem. Robbing a bank, definitely against the law, so lets' say someone in the bank had a heart attack, and died while this Illegal act was going on, and it was your Great Aunt, or Someone you knows Grandmother, whatever would you still feel bad for the Bank Robber? This kid needs help, this was obviously a desperate cry, maybe he will get help now and his family can rest knowing that he is is somewhere getting it. We also have a couple of bank robbers in our family, they did the crime, they did the time, and now they are doing fine . Let us hope the same happens to this young man. And about Jimmy Andrea, good for you! a little dangerous, but thank you for being a good citizen. Just saying!!!
Jen.Krol June 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Why dont ppl mind theyre fuckin business...... as someone rlse said.. let his family deal with it. Drugs or not... who knows his reasons..... isnt there anyone else ppl want to gossip about... move it on....
Townie Citizen June 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Townie Citizen 11:58 am on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Until we start teaching these little kids that there are other ways to get high instead of chemical high, we will see much more crime and drug abuse in our community. The key is to put some programs in place that won't get cut . sports is great however there are a lot of kids that don't do sports, as a community we somewhat limit ourselves to sports we have a neighborhood council why can't we as a community come up with different programs for these kids . we have a Drug problem and if anyone says differently they would be lying, better the parks and do arts in the park, storytime or picnic in the park we need families to come out and spend time in the community. we need to get some older youth to go around and help the elderly who can't fix up their gardens and around their house put these kids to work make them earn their way into the community then maybe they will think differently in destroying it there is no direction for these kids they have too much time on their hands to get into trouble. Good Job Jimmy.....
stevieB June 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Who cares if he's a townie? Oooooooh I'm from Charlestown..big deal...well people would mind business if he didn't commit crimes involving society..he's an animal and should be locked up..could care less about his addiction..go tell deval Patrick or some other bleeding liberal.
Paula Smith MacDonald June 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM
well said.... and it's the hardworking people who pay taxes that support these cases...

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