A suspect in the robbery of a Bedford bank at lunch time was arrested about three hours later after people recognized him from surveillance photos posted online and called police, Bedford Police report.
Police say Joseph Barrett, 45, of Dorchester, walked into the Bank of America branch on the Great Road around 12:15 p.m., told a teller he had a gun and demanded cash. He left with a wad of cash.
Police posted a series of photos, which led them to his workplace on South Road, also in Bedford, about a mile from the bank.
People quickly recognized Barrett and called the police. Barrett was arrested without incident and is currently being held at the Bedford Police Department. He will likely be arraigned tomorrow in Concord District Court.
"I wish to commend the members of the public who recognized this dangerous individual on social media and undoubtedly led us to a quick arrest in this case," Chief [Robert] Bongiorno said. "The kinds of police-public partnerships we have developed in Bedford, using the social media tools at our disposal, are invaluable."
Barrett, who lists "Cops" and "CSI: Miami" among his favorite shows on his Facebook page, is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Concord District Court, police say.