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    How the Sandwich bank robbery at Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod unfolded: Court documents.

    By Walker Armstrong, Cape Cod Times,


    The Onset man suspected of robbing the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod in Sandwich on June 5 was arraigned on charges of unarmed robbery the following day, court documents show, after being arrested near a CVS in Wareham with at least $850 that police say was seized from the bank.

    Thomas Briand, 44, was taken into custody without incident June 6 and pleaded not guilty to all charges in Barnstable District Court . Briand was ordered held in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting a $10,000 cash bail.

    Detectives used various investigative tools to identify Briand as a suspect, noting his criminal history involving bank robberies. Surveillance on Thursday revealed Briand in possession of a significant amount of cash at a CVS in Wareham, police said, where he used approximately $850 in cash for transactions.

    What happened at the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod on June 5?

    At approximately 3:55 p.m. on June 5, Sandwich police responded to a commercial panic alarm at the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. Upon arrival, officers spoke to dispatch who relayed that a teller inside the bank confirmed a robbery had taken place.

    A bank employee exited the building shortly after and informed officers that the suspect had left and three employees remained inside. The employee confirmed no injuries and reported the suspect had entered and exited through the main doors, heading north on Cotuit Road.

    Mashpee Police Department’s K9 officer tracked the suspect's scent to a location near Grazziella’s Pizza.

    Another bank employee described the suspect as a white male, approximately 5’7” with a bulky build, wearing an all-navy blue outfit, a neon green vest, a hat, sunglasses and boots. The suspect reportedly demanded money while keeping his face covered, leaving with approximately $6,500.

    Other employees corroborated the description, noting the suspect’s loud demands and quick exit.

    Surveillance footage obtained from both the bank and a nearby business, Color Me Crazy, showed a male suspect wearing a blue jacket with a logo and a neon green vest, carrying a red bag. The footage also captured a vehicle, identified as a brown 2006 Jeep Liberty, which was later linked to Briand.

    Walker Armstrong reports on all things Cape and Islands, primarily focusing on courts, transportation and the Joint Base Cape Cod military base. Contact him at . Follow him on Twitter: @jd__walker.

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    This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: How the Sandwich bank robbery at Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod unfolded: Court documents.

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