Police seize car in Vineyard Haven

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Updated at 10:20 am

There appears to be a development in the pursuit of suspects in the armed robbery of a Rockland Trust on Thursday. Friday evening, police stopped a sedan on Beach Road near the vicinity of the Shell gas station and Vineyard Scripts in what Tisbury Police Chief Chris Habekost told The Times at the scene was “following a lead” in the robbery case.

State Police took the car from the scene on a flatbed truck and Habekost said police would be interviewing an “individual.” Habekost cautioned that leads don’t always pan out and pointed to what happened on Thursday in Falmouth where a massive police presence surrounded the Holiday Inn hotel. That lead turned out to be a dead end. There were at least five cruisers at the scene on Friday evening. At the State Police Barracks in Oak Bluffs, light shone from most windows in a building that is typically dark at night. Times reporters encountered Oak Bluffs Police Chief Jonathan Searle in the mouth of the barracks driveway. Chief Searle declined comment citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. 

When asked Saturday morning if the individual had been released, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said, “no comment.”

Overall O’Keefe said the bank robbery remained subject to a “very active investigation.”

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