NH man pleads guilty to robbing Mass. bank with note signed 'Santa Clause'
LOWELL, Mass. — A Manchester man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Tewskbury bank last year.
According to the Sentinel and Enterprise, Robert Costello, 26, pleaded guilty to unarmed robbery in Lowell Superior Court on Wednesday.
Costello allegedly robbed the bank by passing a note to a teller demanding cash and signing it with "Santa Clause."
Costello was arrested by Tewksbury police on Dec. 20, a day after the TD Bank branch at 2345 Main St., was robbed of $1,580 in cash by an unarmed suspect, according to police reports.
Costello reportedly told police he was a drug addict who hadn't taken methadone in days and was "dope sick" when he robbed the bank.
Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger accepted Costello's guilty plea and sentenced him to two years in state prison on Thursday, according to court records.
Costello was given credit for 137 days he already spent behind bars while being held on bail connected to the case.