Medford Man Charged with Winchester Bank Robbery

The following information was supplied by the Winchester Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A 28-year-old Medford man was charged with unarmed robbery for allegedly robbing a bank in Winchester last month.

Michael J. Grande, 28, of Medford stole $500 from in According to Lt. Peter MacDonnell, Grande allegedly handed a note to a teller that read "Give me all you cash. Hurry up." The teller complied and he allegedly fled, with the note.

Winchester Police were informed that Grande was the suspect based on video surveillance. Grande was being held at the Cambridge jail on separate charges when Winchester Police charged him for robbing the Sovereign Bank.

"Shortly after the bank robbery he was locked up for unrelated crimes," MacDonnell said.

According to MacDonnell, because the quality of the surveillance video was so poor, they sent it to the Secret Service in order to enhance the footage.

"Once we got the enhanced photo back, we distributed it to the law enforcement community," MacDonnell said. "We received a positive ID because of that."

susan March 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
it is so sad another kid from a good family caught up in drugs come on medford open your eyes we have a epidemic going on i actually heard a medford policr officer say to another officer about a young girl in the store "she is another junkie I wanted to scream why dont you help " makes me sick! and yes people it does happen to good families and good parents, never say never. sad
Danielle March 13, 2012 at 09:04 PM
You're right that it's sad Susan, but he isn't a kid he's 28. We need to starting treating our young adults like young adults instead of teens. We need to work on drug prevention but not coddle and let our children become functioning adults!
anna March 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
you can not become a functioning adult unless you are given a chance, my daughter has been clean for two years, and it was a living hell unless anyone knows what it is like do not pass judgement on anyone or person i am aRN and my husband is teacher and i have two sons in college, we are a good family and it bothers me to read dont coddle them, if my daughter did not have the love and support from us she could be dead, and susan that very easily could have been my daughter the police were talking about, maybe if they reached out to these young adults and went after drug dealers we may not have such a bad problem and daniielle it does not matter if you are 15 0r 28 addiction is addiction. I pray for all familys that are struggling, it can get better,
Joe Viglione March 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Susan, if you've ever tried to help substance abusers you can see what a huge mess it is. Only professionals can give them the tough love or the riot act they need read. Unfortunately, outside of prayer, the rest of us need to distance ourselves from their insanity. This particular Sovereign bank has the fewest cameras of any bank around I'm told, which is probably why it was targeted. Notice "because the quality of the surveillance video was so poor, they sent it to the Secret Service in order to enhance the footage" - I told the bank manager at that branch that they need to have a video camera at the front door pointing up from the floor to get faces of anyone wearing a hood. I know the teller and there were not adequate cameras in the place at the time this happened. Also, the Winchester Police station is only about 2-3 blocks away so that individual that robbed the bank was pretty brazen...and stupid.
Jane Doe March 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
How about a little compassion for the addict and their loved ones? It is pure hell for the person and their families dealing with addiction. I do not think when he was a child he said to himself "when I grow up I want to be an addict". I would not wish that on my worst enemy...god bless Michael and family.
angie March 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
No joe not stupid just a addict that needs help, they are brazen and stupid because they are no t in the right mind, I hope you never have to deal with it in your family or with good friends, never say never, I have seen many a good family be judged by people like you who think there sons and daughters are above everyone else, you must be a police officer DO SOMETHING OR EDUCATE YOURSELF insead of talking surveillance cameras, I agree with you jane God Bless all familys going threw this
Joe Viglione March 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Hello Jane and Angie, I respectfully disagree with both of you. I've had to deal with friends who got caught up in drugs, alcohol or both. You haven't read my book "Drugs ruined me...and I never took any"...because I haven't published it yet. I have tried everything with these people - compassion, understanding, tough love...respectfully I tell you some of these addicts are actually happy in their misery. They embrace their irresponsibility and become a burden to the rest of society. I stand by my comment - the bank needs better surveillance. How can a bank in 2012 be so lacking in high tech equipment, relatively inexpensive in this day and age. The bank manager told me "not to worry" that my money is safe and insured; We know that. What will angie and jane doe say if I'm gunned down while making a deposit? Let me reiterate -I tried my best to help some of these individuals...they repeatedly call to get back into my life. No thanks. My days of being the water boy are over. Compassion, yes. Are they in my prayers, yes. Do I want to be around them? An emphatic NO. Leave it to the professionals. Clint Eastwood said "Mercy, I'm fresh out." That's not me. I have the compassion...just don't want them in my space.
alice m March 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM
well joe i know i would not buy your book, i lost a child to drugs and I find you to be ignorant and uneducated on such a terrible disease, I think you should probably be a movie critic because you are not in the real world, And I respectfully disagree with you no addict is happy in their misery! I think you should go count your money and move over to another forum
Mike March 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
They should have a dare program that takes the kids to morgue
Joe Viglione March 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Dear Patch Readers: Mr Byers doesn't post on this site; he's a close personal friend who is being attacked by Medford Community Cablevision, Inc, as I have been. This is pure identity theft. Jarrett, please remove the above post, it was not written by Mr. Byers Thank you
Joe Viglione March 21, 2012 at 03:42 PM
"Alice M's comment is another reason why the Patch needs to have people post their real names. Tv 3 Medford uses the patch to attack its victims.
Jarret Bencks (Editor) March 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
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