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Serial bank robber from Laconia sentenced to federal prison



Monitor staff
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Laconia man was sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday for robbing seven banks in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in late 2016 and early 2017.

Chaka Meredith, 43, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Concord in January 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 Savings Bank in Pepperell, Mass., also that January.

Authorities said the robberies were alike in that Meredith presented a note to a clerk, demanding a sum of cash, and then fled on foot with the money in hand.

A federal grand jury initially indicted Meredith in connection with the Plaistow robbery. He then agreed to plead guilty to the Massachusetts robberies in order to resolve all pending charges against him in both states.

Meredith will be on supervised release for three years after serving his prison sentence. A judge ordered him to pay $10,438 in restitution to the seven banks he robbed.

“Bank robberies jeopardize the safety of bank employees, as well as members of the public,” U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said in a statement. “In our efforts to reduce crime and protect our citizens, the law enforcement community works together to identify and prosecute those who commit bank robberies and other crimes that undermine public safety.”

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