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Bank robbery suspect arraigned

ATTLEBORO -- A Rockland man accused in a series of bank robberies, including one in South Attleboro last month, was arraigned Wednesday in Attleboro District Court.

Kevin C. Donovan, 34, the son of Rockland Police Chief Kevin M. Donovan, had innocent pleas entered by the court to charges of armed robbery and larceny.

The charges stem from the July 6 robbery at the Bank of America branch on Route 1 in South Attleboro in which the robber gave the teller a note and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Son of police chief held in bank robberies
By Megan Tench, Globe Staff | July 9, 2005

Moments before facing a judge at Brockton District Court yesterday, probation officials asked the son of the Rockland police chief what he did for a living.

''Yeah, I rob banks," Kevin C. Donovan said, according to prosecutors at the 34-year-old's arraignment.

After a lengthy chase Thursday night through Brockton and Randolph, State Police apprehended Donovan, a convicted bank robber who was wanted in a string of recent bank robberies on the South Shore. His father, Rockland Police Chief Kevin M. Donovan, was not in court yesterday for his son's arraignment. He could not be reached for comment, but called the police station to offer gratitude for his department's support.

''The chief is relieved to know that no civilian or anyone else was injured during the robberies and the police chase," said Rockland Deputy Chief John Llewellyn.

''He's relieved to know that no police officers were injured and, like any father, he's relieved that his son wasn't injured," Llewellyn said. ''Now, he's going to step aside and let the criminal justice system do its thing."

The younger Donovan, a rock singer in a group called Gun Dog, stunned Rockland officials this week when he was found posing on his band's website wearing shackles with people appearing to be Rockland police officers in front of a town police cruiser. He was wanted in connection with a series of bank robberies in the last two weeks in Rockland, Stoughton, Brockton, and Raynham.

Donovan was charged yesterday with armed robbery, threatening to commit a crime, and larceny in the June 30 robbery of a Crescent Credit Union in Brockton. Held on $150,000 cash bail, Donovan could face federal charges on all the robberies.

Samantha Martin, spokeswoman for the US attorney's office, said yesterday that she could not comment on Donovan's cases.

Plymouth County prosecutor Tara Cappolla said at least three witnesses at Crescent Credit Union identified Donovan as the man who walked in at 2 p.m. and handed a teller a note. ''It said, 'I have a gun, give me the money,' " Cappolla said in open court.

The teller hit the silent alarm, but as she proceeded to hand over the cash, Donovan stated: ''No bait. No dye packs. Hurry up, or I'll shoot," Cappolla said.

A similar incident happened in Stoughton during a robbery of Eastern Bank on June 27, according to police reports. Matching surveillance video and witness descriptions from the credit union to photographs in Stoughton, police identified Donovan, Cappolla said.

Donovan is also a suspect in the robberies of HarborOne Credit Union in Raynham on Tuesday and Rockland Trust in Rockland two weeks ago, police said. The Rockland case has been handed to the FBI because Donovan is the police chief's son, Llewellyn said.

Donovan may be charged as a habitual offender, which carries up to a life sentence in jail, Cappolla said. According to court records, Donovan spent more than 3 1/2 years in prison on federal bank robbery charges. He was released in January 2003, but was sentenced to six more months when he was found driving while intoxicated in Wrentham in 2004.

Anna Olver, Donovan's attorney, said she needed time to talk to her client before making a statement on his behalf in open court.

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.
 
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