Man Who Said He Robbed Wilmington Bank, Sentenced For Tewksbury Heist

BOSTON, MA — A Methuen man was sentenced Monday to 90 months in prison for a 2020 armed bank robbery in Tewksbury, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Caio Costa, 26, was convicted by US District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. The sentence also includes five years of supervised release, authorities said.

On July 26, Costa pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and the use and carrying of a firearm while committing a violent crime in connection with a September 25, 2020 robbery of Salem Five Bank in Tewksbury.

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During an interview with law enforcement following his arrest on September 26, 2020, Costa admitted he robbed the same Salem Five bank in Tewksbury three days earlier, authorities said.

According to authorities, Costa also admitted to other armed bank robberies between August 28 and September 25, 2020, including: on August 28 at the Eastern Bank in Chelmsford, on September 18 at the People’s United Bank in Lowell, and on September 18 at the Reading Co-Op in Wilmington.

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Court records show that the robbery Costa was convicted of involved Costa entering the Salem Five Bank in Tewksbury, armed with a loaded revolver and a black motorcycle helmet.

At the bank, Costa drew a gun, stole over $7,000 and fled on a motorcycle. Costa then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, authorities said.

Costa eventually fell off the motorcycle and escaped on foot. Authorities said they later found the helmet and clothing that matched what Costa wore during the robbery.

According to court documents, Costa was arrested on September 26 at a hotel in Salem, New Hampshire, where he was found to be in possession of a large sum of cash.

In addition to admitting to other bank robberies during a post-arrest interview with law enforcement, Costa directed police to a dumpster where he found the loaded black revolver, black gloves, a black backpack and other items of clothing used on Sept. 25 , had thrown away robbery, authorities said.

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