Robbery spree in Bangor has detectives busy

Posted April 21, 2009, at 7:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Local police are investigating the third robbery in less than 30 hours in Bangor, although it does not appear that they are connected in any way.

Lt. Tim Reid said the latest incident involved a 33-year-old Northport man who was assaulted and robbed of several hundred dollars in cash late Monday evening.

The man had been a patron at a downtown bar Monday and left the bar sometime before 11 p.m. in a taxi with two other men he had befriended, according to Reid. The cab dropped the three men off in the area of Garland Street and Grove Street, and shortly after they left the vehicle, the Northport man was assaulted, Reid said. The suspects then left in a maroon car.

One of the suspects was described as dark-skinned, thin and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. The other was white, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 pounds. Both men appeared to be in their 20s.

The victim was punched several times in the face but was not seriously injured, Reid said. Police are investigating the incident but have no identified suspects.

On Monday afternoon, a man entered the TD Banknorth branch on Union Street and demanded money from a bank employee. The suspect, whose image was captured on a security camera, left with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into the passenger’s side of a blue SUV that was parked near the bank. The robber is be-lieved to be a white male in his 20s, short with a thin build. He had a bandage under his right eye.

Reid said Tuesday that the Police Department has received a flurry of calls about Monday’s bank robbery, but no suspects have emerged yet.

On Sunday, police received a report of a strong-arm robbery downtown near the intersection of State Street and Exchange Street. A young woman told police that a man demanded money at knife point and fled. That suspect was described as a 6-foot black man in his 20s. Reid said his office has received calls about that incident as well but is not close to making an arrest.

“None of these incidents seems that similar, so we’re looking at them individually at this point,” he said. “But we’re certainly concerned.”

Anyone with information about any of the robberies can contact Bangor police at 947-7384.

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