Con­victed bank rob­ber ar­rested for al­legedly ex­pos­ing him­self in pub­lic

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A con­victed bank rob­ber was ar­rested Fri­day for ex­pos­ing him­self while in pub­lic, ac­cord­ing to court and po­lice doc­u­ments.

Keith David Cormier, 53, of 55 Cedar St., was charged with open and gross lewd­ness, sub­se­quent of­fense, for the in­ci­dent that oc­curred in the area of Cedar Street, ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman.

Cormier was charged and con­victed in 1991 for the same be­hav­ior and again in 2017, when he was found not guilty, said Po­lice Capt. Matthew LeMay.

De­tails of his ar­raign­ment Mon­day in dis­trict court were not avail­able.

In Jan­uary 2012, Cormier was sen­tenced to 56 months in prison and or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion of nearly $11,500 for rob­bing five banks in Cen­tral Mas­sachusetts, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He pleaded guilty to rob­bing a bank in Shrews­bury, two in Leomin­ster, one in Worces­ter and one in Gard­ner, ac­cord­ing to the FBI.

In each case, Cormier, then 45, would en­ter the bank wear­ing a dis­guise, his face wrapped in gauze, and pass a note to the teller de­mand­ing money, the FBI said.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice in­stalled a GPS de­vice in his em­ployer-owned van, which he had driven to and from each rob­bery. Data from the de­vice in­di­cated Cormier was within blocks of each of the banks robbed, the FBI said.

A se­cond GPS de­vice was se­creted in a stack of bills at his last rob­bery and po­lice tracked and ar­rested him within min­utes. The money and dis­guise were found in the van, ac­cord­ing to the FBI.

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