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Serial Bank Robber Charged with Brookline Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously convicted of armed robberies in 1993, 2002 and 2017

BOSTON – A Boston man has been charged in connection with the September 2022 robbery of a bank in Brookline.

Jerome Lamont Turner, 47, was charged with one-count of bank robbery and will appear in federal court in Boston on Jan. 31, 2023.

According to the charging documents, on Sept. 26, 2022, an individual – later identified as Turner – entered a Brookline Bank branch in Brookline. Once inside the bank, Turner allegedly approached a teller and inquired about opening a new account. Turner was provided a bank pamphlet on the process, and he exited the bank. A few minutes later, it is alleged that Turner reentered the bank, approached the same teller and handed them the pamphlet with the words, “Let me have 17,000 in Large bills no dye pack,” written on it. As the teller was gathering money from the cash drawer, it is alleged that Turner repeatedly motioned for more money before exiting the bank. 

A subsequent investigation allegedly identified Turner on the bank’s video surveillance from a previous arrest less than a week earlier and identified his fingerprints on the pamphlet. 

It is further alleged that on Sept. 27, 2022, Turner was located wearing the same clothing worn in the Brookline robbery. Following a violent struggle, Turner was taken into custody and allegedly found in possession of over $2,500 in cash.

The charge of bank robbery provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Brookline Acting Chief of Police Jennifer Paster made the announcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated January 27, 2023

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