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Man takes $2,250 from Student Center BayBank

Man takes $2250 from

Student Center BayBank

By Reuven M. Lerner

An unarmed man took $2250 in cash from the Student Center branch of BayBank/Harvard Trust yesterday, according to Lisa Carbone, the bank's senior vice president.

The man, who was described as a white male with tinted glasses, passed a note to one of the tellers at approximately 11:55 am. The teller immediately gave him the money, after which he left the bank. There were no injuries.

Carbone said that BayBank trains its tellers to follow the instructions that robbers give them. "Their safety, and the safety of our customers, is the most important thing," she said.

The MIT Campus Police and Cambridge police are said to be investigating the matter. No one from the Campus Police was available for comment.

Sandra J. Nett, the manager of retail and administrative operations for the Campus Activities Complex, said, "We normally expect that this community is safe. . . . I don't see it as a trend." She said that no special measures would be taken as a result of the robbery.

Carbone admitted that there was no permanent security guard at the bank, and said that there were no plans to hire one. "If the staff feels that it would be helpful to have a guard there, we will put one there temporarily," she said. But, she added, "it is not a very friendly way to operate your bank."

This is the fourth robbery of a BayBank this year, and the second within two weeks to take place at a university BayBank, Carbone said. An unknown man took more than $1000 from the Warren Towers branch at Boston University at 8:40 am on Oct. 11, after passing a note to the teller that said, "Stay calm, I have a gun."