Edgartown man arrested for robbery of Rockland Trust bank in Falmouth in April

FALMOUTH – Cape & Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois announced today that Petar Petyoshin, 40, of Edgartown, was arrested this morning in Edgartown for his role in the April 8, 2023 robbery of the Rockland Trust in Falmouth. Petyoshin was arrested by the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team with the assistance of the Falmouth, Edgartown, and Oak Bluffs Police Departments, and the FBI Boston’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

Petyoshin, an employee of the Oak Bluffs Water District, was arraigned before Judge Dominic Paratore this afternoon in Falmouth District Court on charges of Armed and Masked Robbery with a Firearm, Bomb Threat, Larceny Over $1,200, Carjacking, and seven counts of Kidnapping. Petyoshin is held without bail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Falmouth District Court.

On April 8, 2023, the Falmouth Police responded to the Falmouth Rockland Trust Bank for a report of a robbery by a masked man wielding a firearm who also produced what he claimed to be a bomb. The man zip-tied bank patrons and employees before leaving with several thousand dollars. Upon leaving, the man stole a motor vehicle belonging to a bank patron. Investigators identified Petyoshin and his vehicle through witness descriptions, video surveillance before and after the robbery, and records of local businesses including Stop & Shop, Walmart, and the Steamship Authority. The investigation was conducted by the Massachusetts State Police, Falmouth Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office reiterates that all defendants are presumed innocent.

In a separate statement, Falmouth Police added that Detective Andrew Loewen led this investigation, and was integral to the successful resolution which culminated in this arrest. His tireless dedication and exhaustive effort throughout the investigation brought the highest credit to himself, and to our agency. We would also like to acknowledge our local, regional, state, and federal partners that assisted in facilitating a thorough and successful resolution.

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