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Bank robber pleads guilty in Wakefield case

September 03, 2009
CONCORD — The Connecticut man who robbed the Wakefield branch of Profile Bank in January has pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court.

Paul Dimeo, 37, most recently of New Haven, Conn., pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire to one count of bank robbery in connection with the Jan. 23 robbery of the Profile Bank, 65 Meadow St. The crime is a Class A felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 24. Under the terms of a plea agreement filed with the court, Dimeo will be sentenced to 176 months in federal prison to be followed by a period of supervised release.

If the court does not accept the plea agreement, Dimeo will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, according to the statement released by the court.

The Wakefield Police Department investigated this case with the assistance of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the New Hampshire State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Feith. Wakefield police investigators and several local men who thwarted Dimeo's escape and witnesses were prepared to testify at his trial.

The bank robbery occurred on a Friday at 12:54 p.m. A witness saw Dimeo, who was dressed in green Celtics jogging suit and ski mask, exit the bank carrying a paper bag under his arm. He was running out of the bank and towards the woods. Witnesses told police they saw money coming out of the bag, chased down the suspect, and tackled him before he had a chance to pull out the pruning saw he had tucked into a holster. Five construction workers held the suspect down in a snow bank until police arrived moments later, according to the affidavit filed in the case. Wakefield Police Lt. Mark O'Brien confiscated the weapon and Dimeo was taken into police custody. According to the court documents, crime scene investigators revealed that the bank lost $9,963, and a total of $9,958 in currency was recovered. 24. According to court documents, Dimeo leaped over the counter and grabbed the money from the cash draws. He told one of the tellers to open the cash draw or he was going to kill her. After another teller opened the drawer, Dimeo took the money out of it and placed it in the paper bag, then ran out the rear entrance to the bank when he was confronted and chased down by the local workers alerted to the possible robbery.

Dimeo was released from prison in October and on probation after serving 11 years in federal prison for bank robbery.

An accomplice, Tammy Fowler, 49, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, was found waiting in a Dodge Caravan at the end of Cosmar Drive with the engine running, was charged with accomplice to armed robbery, also a Class A felony. She was found guilty in federal court after a jury trial of aiding and abetting the robbery of the Profile Bank. She is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 3 in Concord.

Martin Lord Osman
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