WEST BROOKFIELD – A Springfield man who allegedly robbed a bank and led police on a chase through several towns Monday afternoon was captured in Brimfield.
Gary Laviolette, 32, of 5 Madison Ave., Springfield, was nabbed by a state police dog in the woods on the south side of Tower Hill Road in Brimfield around 4 p.m., Police Chief C. Thomas O’Donnell said. Mr. Laviolette was taken to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge for treatment of minor injuries, and is scheduled to face charges Wednesday in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield, including armed robbery, larceny, and motor vehicle violations.
The chief said a robbery was reported about two hours earlier at North Brookfield Savings Bank on West Main Street. He said quick-thinking tellers in the bank got a good description of the getaway car and the license plate.
Descriptions of the vehicle and the suspect were broadcast immediately, and Chief O’Donnell said a Brimfield police officer, on a hunch, waited on Brookfield Road. The car eventually went by and the officer followed it.
The chief said that as police, including state police and officers from Monson and Warren, started arriving in the area, the car crashed on Dix Hill Road in Brimfield. Officers set up a perimeter, and a state police dog was used to track down the suspect, later identified as Mr. Laviolette.
The chief said an undisclosed amount of cash was recovered. Mr. Laviolette was the only person in the car, he said.