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Laconia man pleads guilty in bank robbery spree

  • Chaka Meredith has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing a total of seven banks in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in late 2016 and early 2017. Courtesy

  • Chaka Meredith has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing a total of seven banks in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in late 2016 and early 2017. Courtesy

  • Chaka Meredith has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing a total of seven banks in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in late 2016 and early 2017. Courtesy



Monitor staff
Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Laconia man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing a total of seven banks in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in late 2016 and early 2017.

Chaka Meredith, 42, admitted to robbing the Meredith Village Savings Bank in Laconia on Jan. 11, 2017, and the Santander Bank in Plaistow more than two weeks later, according to court documents. Meredith also pleaded guilty to robbing the Santander Bank and TD bank in Lawrence, Mass., in addition to the East Boston Savings Bank in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank in Pepperell, Mass., also that January.

The monthlong bank robbery spree began at the Bank of America in Boston in late December 2016, according to court documents.

Massachusetts police arrested Meredith in February, and he has been in custody ever since.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime,” said Acting United States Attorney John Farley. “This defendant’s crime spree is the type of conduct that creates fear in our communities. Those who engage in such criminal activities will be prosecuted aggressively in order to protect the safety of the citizens of the Granite State.”

Meredith is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9. As part of a plea deal, he will be required to pay restitution to the financial institutions he robbed.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)