Robbery suspect surrenders to authorities in Bangor

Posted April 06, 2009, at 10:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The man suspected in recent armed robberies in Bangor and Kenduskeag was arrested Monday after giving himself up to police.

Travis Lawrence Gustin, 29, was arrested at the intersection of Garland and Elm streets after calling a state police trooper that morning to say he would be willing to turn himself in at that location.

State police, Bangor police and Penobscot County sheriff‘s deputies converged at the intersection and arrested Gustin at about 11:22 a.m., according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

Edwards said Gustin was arrested without incident and that no weapons were in his possession at the time.

After being questioned by detectives, Gustin was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained Monday night, unable to make bail of $7,515 cash, a jail official confirmed.

Gustin, whose last known address was in Bangor, has been charged with two counts of Class B felony robbery in connection with two recent armed robberies. Each Class B charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, Edwards said.

The first robbery Gustin is accused of committing occurred at 9:08 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Tom T. Irving Store at 1123 Broadway, also known as Route 15, in Bangor.

The second robbery happened at 8:50 p.m. the next day just 10 miles away at Sam’s Qwik Stop on Route 15 near the Stetson Road intersection in the center of Kenduskeag.

In both cases, the robber pointed a handgun at the store clerk and demanded cash. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of money in both cases. No one at either store was physically injured.

Gustin also was charged with one count of Class C felony burglary, punishable by up to five years in prison, stemming from an incident at the Curtain Shop in Bangor about two weeks ago, Edwards said. Details about that charge were not immediately available Monday night.

In addition to those charges, a jail official said Gustin also was wanted on six outstanding warrants for unpaid fines at the time of his arrest.

Gustin’s surrender came three days after state police released his photograph to the media and asked the public to be on the lookout for him.

State police said at that time that Gustin should be considered armed and dangerous. They urged anyone who saw Gustin not to approach him.

dgagnon@bangordailynews.net

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