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Police: Suspect had a beer, stole from bank, then chatted up women nearby

By Jennifer Mann
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 29, 2008 @ 05:38 AM

Police nabbed a suspected bank robber who they say warmed up to his heist with a game of dine-and-dash at a local bar.
His pre-crime libation?
"Just a beer," said a manager at Alfredo's, at 75 Franklin St., who did not want to give his name. "He wasn't very bright. Then he took off without paying."
Police say Scott Tower, 38, then walked next door to Eastern Bank, 63 Franklin St., handed the teller a note demanding money and alluded to having a gun.
He left on foot around 2:30 p.m. with an undetermined amount of cash in a paper bag, police said.
Two neighborhood women found themselves unwittingly involved when the robber strolled by and began chatting with one of them up about trees she was planting.
Police, who had already been combing the neighborhood for about an hour, had asked the women to look out for a man with a red shirt and no teeth.
"I looked over and I saw him fitting the description of the bank robber," said one of the women. "I smiled at him to see if he had any teeth. He smiled back and he didn't.
"I said, 'Oh my god, it's him. We're in trouble,'" said the woman, who did not want to give her name for safety reasons.
The woman said her neighbor called police while she followed the man from a distance on foot until she saw him entering CVS Pharmacy on Independence Avenue.
"He was walking down that street like he had no care in the world," she said.
Lt. Dan Minton of the crime prevention unit, who was on a bicycle patrolling the area, arrested Tower at CVS.
Police say they found the bag with the money in it, a note, and clothing the robber had discarded in a bush on Goddard Street.
Bank employees later identified Tower.
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