Bank robberies could spell out jail time

BOSTON — A Chelsea man, dubbed the Spelling Bee Bandit for passing misspelled notes to tellers, was arrested on Monday in connection with four bank robberies in the Greater Boston area, including one in Peabody, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Jason S. Englen, 34, was charged with the robberies of TD Bank in Arlington on Oct. 31, TD Bank in Reading on Nov. 5, Salem Five in Burlington on Nov. 7 and TD Bank in Peabody on Nov. 13.

After entering the bank in Arlington, the man approached the teller and presented a note written on a deposit slip with the word “Robery” written on it. The teller handed the man money from the drawer and he fled the bank, according to the U.S. Attorney.

His actions were nearly identical at the other banks. During each robbery, the man handed the teller a note with the word “Robery” or “Robert” demanding cash. After each incident, the man’s image was circulated on public websites seeking information about his identity, prosecutors said.

Englen was already in state custody on unrelated charges when law enforcement identified him as the robbery suspect. He was subsequently arrested by federal authorities.

If convicted, Englen faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and restitution.


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