Accused Wells Fargo Robbers Caught in Philadelphia After String of 4 East Coast Robberies
FlaglerLive | October 27, 2015
Joseph and Jennifer Carrier, the alleged robbers of Palm Coast’s Wells Fargo branch on Oct. 12, were caught Monday by Philadelphia police after robbing a bank in Wilmington, Del. and getting away in the same stolen vehicle they’d been using since starting their spree in Massachusetts a month ago.
The couple was arrested near Philadelphia International Airport in the brown Buick Encore briefly caught in surveillance video in Palm Coast. According to Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate, the couple, believed to be homeless, accompanied by several dogs and supporting a heroin addiction, robbed a Citizens Bank this morning in Wilmington. They then fled and were spotted by Delaware state police, who initiated a chase.
“The chase continued onto I-95 north, where Pennsylvania State Police officers joined the pursuit,” the station reported, citing local officials. “The suspects then crashed into several vehicles along I-95 in Delaware County near Philadelphia International Airport and came to a final stop, police said. Delaware State Police officers and the FBI took the suspects into custody and seized the vehicle, which police said was stolen. The husband and wife were later transported back to Delaware, officials said.”
In their month-long spree up and down the East Coast, the Carriers are believed to have struck banks in four states and stolen some $4,000, starting in Ludlow, Mass., then in Palm Coast, then in Aberdeen, Md., before Monday’s robbery.
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Wells Fargo Robber Identified; Suspect and Wife Wanted for Bank Robbery and Car Theft in Massachusetts
Oct. 14: Flagler County sheriff’s detectives have identified the suspect in Monday’s Wells Fargo bank robbery as Joseph E. Carrier of Quincy, Mass., 37. A warrant has been issued for his arrest with a $100,000 bond.
Carrier in late September was identified as a suspect in a bank robbery in Ludlow, Mass., where the suspect used the same method he did in the Wells Fargo robbery: he approached a teller, quietly said he was armed and asked for big bills. A vehicle matching the one used in the Palm Coast robbery was used in Ludlow: a dark-colored Buick Encore, with a with Massachusetts dealer plate of 265S, according to Massachusetts news reports.
In Ludlow, Carrier was identified along with his wife, 37-year-old Jenny Carrier, who has a warrant out for her arrest in Massachusetts for the alleged theft of the Encore. Jenny Carrier is thought to have driven the car in the Ludlow robbery. A woman drove the vehicle in the Palm Coast Robbery.
The couple is thought to be homeless and accompanied by as many as seven pet dogs. Police in Ludlow said the couple is thought to be addicted to heroin. Days before the Massachusetts robbery, Joseph Carrier had been involved in a disturbance at a Walmart in Chicopee, Mass., but was not arrested.
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Armed Robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Palm Coast’s Town Center
Oct. 12–The Wells Fargo bank in Palm Coast’s Town Center, near Publix, was the target of a robbery by a man who implied he had a gun early just before 2 p.m. this afternoon.
The man got away with about $500. The bank was sealed off from public access for 75 minutes, with sheriff’s detectives and the Crime Scene Investigation unit at the scene.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s to 30s, about 6 feet tall and a slender build, with facial hair. He wore a denim baseball cap, a pale pink or white long-sleeved shirt, and blue jeans, and approached a teller, implying he had a weapon.
A Flagler County Sheriff’s report detailing the incident and released on Tuesday indicates that the robber approached a teller and at first said something inaudible to her. The teller leaned in and asked him to repeat what he said. The robber, according to the teller, told her: “I have
a gun, just give me your big bills.” The man did not display a firearm. He then leaned into the counter and placed both his hands on the counter. The teller gave the man all the large bills she had, amounting to some $300. The man then leaned over the counter, looked in the cashier’s drawer, and demanded to have the large stack of $20 bills. The teller complied. The man got a total of about $500. The man then quickly left the bank.
The bank manager, Sasha Eldred, was near the front of the bank when the encounter took place. She told police she did not notice anything suspicious until the man quickly made his way out the exit, at which point the manager asked the teller if everything was OK. The teller told her: “I was robbed.” The manager ran into the parking lot to get a better description of the man, but he was already out of sight. Another bank employee saw the man run though the foliage east of the building and enter a black Dodge Magnum. The employee thought the vehicle had a Florida license plate, and that it went east through the Publix shopping center parking lot.
A witness who was at the nearby nail salon saw the Dodge Magnum slowly drive through the parking lot before the robbery and park on the west side of the parking lot. A woman between 20 and 30 years old was at the wheel, the witness told police. A male passenger got out of the vehicle, walked to the bank, then ran back a few minutes later. The vehicle fled east.
Deputies asked several businesses in the parking lot if they had outside video surveillance, but none did.
No one was hurt in the robbery. The bank’s parking lot itself had been sealed off with crime tape immediately after the robbery. But at 3:15 p.m., the tape was removed and the bank resumed business, with a line of vehicles quickly forming at the drive-through window. Within minutes all traces of unusual activity, including police cars, had vanished from the scene.
The same Wells Fargo branch was the target of an armed robbery in June 2013 when a man in an Iron Man mask burst into the bank, brandished his gun and got away with cash. Two months later, Lakhram Mahadeo, a resident of Palm Coast’s W Section, a 2005 Flagler Palm Coast High School Graduate, U.S. Army veteran and a Realtor, was arrested and charged in the robbery. Mahadeo pleaded guilty to armed robbery and sentenced to eight years in prison.
The sheriff’s office said it was preparing a news release that includes surveillance camera stills and a description of the suspect’s vehicle.
If you have any information about this or any other crime that may have occurred in Flagler County, please call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS) or call Det. Jodi Glasgow or Det. Jon Dopp at 386-586-4801 about case # 15-104475.