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|September 8, 2010
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Norfolk Superior Probation Officer Helps Local Police Nab Bank Robbery Suspect
Norfolk County Superior Court Probation Officer Matthew O'Toole
Norfolk County Superior Court Probation Officer Matthew O’Toole did a double-take when he reviewed a photo of a man in a local newspaper and the headline: suspected bank robber.
O’Toole, a four-year Probation Officer, recognized the man, Brian Fitzpatrick, as an offender he had been supervising for the past six months. He was on probation for unarmed robbery.
“The picture just jumped out at me. I checked a couple of times and then said to myself, ‘I know who that is,’ I supervise him. I called Quincy Police detectives. They punched up his photo in the system and used the information I gave them to find his record,” O’Toole recalled.
O’Toole provided the detective with the address of the offender who lived with his grandmother. The grandmother directed O’Toole and the detectives to the man’s girlfriend’s house. While en route to her home, they observed him “walking at a quick pace towards the North Quincy train station,” according to Police Detective Ricky Wash, who was the lead detective on the case. Police placed him under arrest inside the entrance of the station just as he was about to board a train for South Boston, Wash said.
“They found a $50 bill on him. It was one that he had stolen during the bank robbery. He was originally on probation at Suffolk Superior Court. His probation was transferred to Norfolk Superior when he moved to Quincy to live with his grandmother,” O’Toole said. “He was on probation for unarmed robbery and had done a stint in jail for robbing a bank. He was not very good at his job.”
“Matthew O’Toole is an excellent P.O. I’m not surprised that his daily work routine has produced a result such as this,” said Acting Chief Probation Officer Milton Britton. “He truly understands and embraces how important his efforts are in keeping the Quincy community safe.”
Quincy Police Detective David Pacino lauded O’Toole for his assistance in the apprehension of the bank robbery suspect.
“Without his information pertaining to the suspect, the case might still be under investigation. The information he provided was vital to the apprehension of Fitzpatrick,” said Pacino.
O’Toole said the offender was taken into custody an hour and a half after he first identified the man and called police. “I am glad that we were able to act so quickly,” he said.
Fitzpatrick, according to O’Toole, is being held on $50,000 cash bail at Quincy District Court. This was his 2nd subsequent offense, O’Toole said.