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Alleged Serial Bank Robber Arrested In Lawrence

BOSTON (CBS) — A man wanted for allegedly robbing several banks in Massachusetts and New Hampshire over the past month was arrested Wednesday night.

The FBI says Chaka Meredith, 41, was arrested in Lawrence hours after they announced a $5,000 reward for information in the case.

They say he robbed six banks throughout January in Jamaica Plain, Lawrence, and Pepperell as well as Laconia and Plaistow, New Hampshire.

A surveillance photo of a man the FBI says is Chaka J. Meredith during a bank robbery. (FBI Boston Division)

A surveillance photo of a man the FBI says is Chaka J. Meredith during a bank robbery. (FBI Boston Division)

The FBI’s Boston Division said Meredith threatened to use a weapon during the Jamaica Plain robbery, and that they believed he had access to guns.

“While we are grateful that nobody has been injured in any of these robberies, we’d like to put an end to his alleged crime spree before someone does get hurt,”  FBI Supervisory Special Agent Daniel R. Romanzo said in a statement earlier Wednesday.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the FBI Boston Division, or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

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