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'Teardrop Bandit' convicted in robbery of Foxboro BankNorth branch
FOXBORO - The man dubbed the "Teardrop Bandit" was convicted Thursday in Dedham Superior Court of robbing a BankNorth bank branch in Foxboro in February 2005.

Robert J. Chadronet, 30, of Providence, was ordered held in jail without bail pending sentencing before Judge Kenneth Fishman on Sept. 9.

During the two-day trial, the jury was told Chadronet walked into the bank on Feb. 24, 2005, and handed a note to a pregnant teller after a brief conversation.

"Put $3,000 in large bills. Do it quietly and put it in an envelope," the note said.

The note also said that he had a weapon under his jacket, although one was never brandished. The teller testified that the man she saw was shaking and wearing gloves. She also told investigators that the man had olive skin and was notable by what appeared to be a teardrop tattoo under his left eye that appeared to be smudged.

The jury deliberated about five hours over two days before finding him guilty of unarmed robbery, a felony carrying up to a potential sentence of life in prison, Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating said.

Chadronet still faces charges for armed robberies in Sharon, Needham and Franklin. He has pleaded innocent in those cases, which Keating said will be tried later.

Keating credited the strong cooperation between police in Foxboro, Needham, Sharon and Franklin for making this case come together.

"This was an outstanding effort of cooperation, and those departments deserve great credit here," Keating said.

Chadronet is scheduled for trial Aug. 18 in New Bedford Superior Court on armed robbery charges related to the Sept. 13, 2005, heist at the Citizens Bank branch inside Stop & Shop at routes 106 and 140 in Mansfield.

He was arrested in January last year after a police task force conducting surveillance of several banks spotted him outside a bank in Needham.

He was labeled the "tear-drop bandit" because the bank robber had a tear drop-shaped tattoo under his left eye. But authorities now say the tattoo may have been temporary and part of his disguise, since he did not have one when he was arrested.

Previously, according to police, Chadronet was convicted of robbing banks in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/07/25/news/3451389.txt
 
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