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Holyoke Mayor’s Brother Sought in Connection to Longmeadow Bank Robbery


Douglas Morse (Courtesy: The Republican)

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) – A woman is under arrest for her suspected role in a Longmeadow bank robbery. Police are now searching for the alleged getaway driver, who is the brother of Holyoke’s Mayor.

Longmeadow Police Capt. John Stankiewicz says that Monday night, 19-year-old Desiree Ferreira of Elm Street, Westfield, turned herself into Longmeadow Police after learning that police wanted to question her.

Police allege that Ferreira was involved in the robbery of a Berkshire Bank on Longmeadow Street on Saturday, March 24.

Ferreira has been charged with unarmed robbery

Desiree Ferreira

and receiving stolen property and is scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court.

Stankiewicz also notes that with the help of State Police detectives, they have been able to identify the driver of the getaway car as 32-year-old Douglas Morse of Westfield.

Morse is the brother of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. Douglas Morse was arrested on drug charges in Northampton back in March.

Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Morse released this statement:

“As I have previously stated, my brother Doug has struggled with addiction his entire adult life. I know that good people can do bad things when overtaken by substance abuse. I will continue to be there for my brother, but I also recognize that his actions are out of my control. I want to thank the countless people who have reached out and offered their support to me and my family, and I thank you in advance for continuing to respect our privacy during this difficult time”.

A warrant for Morse’s arrest has been issued and so far, he has not been apprehended, says Stankiewicz.

Police are still also searching for that getaway car and the money taken during the robbery.

Stankiewicz also says that they are still investigating a robbery at the Hampden Bank on Longmeadow Street that occurred last week, on March 29 and looking for the public’s help in finding that suspect.

Anyone with information in either case are asked to call the Longmeadow Police at (413) 567-3311 or ‘Text-A-Tip’ to CRIMES (274637). In the message, type SOLVE and your tip.


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