Conn. man arrested in Bangor bank robbery

Posted April 24, 2009, at 10:16 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The man suspected of robbing a Bangor bank earlier this week was arrested Thursday in Connecticut, where he also was wanted by authorities for a separate bank robbery.

Lawrence Mark Sullivan, 30, of North Stonington, Conn., was arrested at a motel in Wethersfield, Conn., by police from that community in connection with a bank robbery there earlier this month, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Kenison said Friday night.

On the same day, a federal warrant was issued against Lawrence for the robbery of the TD Banknorth branch on Union Street in Bangor, Kenison said.

According to Kenison, police worked with agents from the FBI’s field office in Bangor to build the case that led to Sullivan’s arrest.

There was no word late Friday about when Sullivan will appear in court in Maine to answer to the bank robbery charge here.

Obtained Friday night by the Bangor Daily News, an arrest affidavit and synopsis filed in U.S. District Court in Portland provided additional detail about what occurred during the TD Banknorth robbery Monday and the events that led to Thursday’s arrest.

According to an affidavit submitted by an FBI special agent, Sullivan got away with more than $1,000 cash after passing the bank teller a note that read, “Don’t be stupid do not press button. No die [sic] packs or GPS and You Won’t Get Hurt. $100, $50, $20, $10 NOW!!!”

A witness who was at the bank during the incident told police that he had seen the man later identified as Sullivan and provided a description of the suspect and his apparent getaway vehicle, a blue SUV.

Two days later, a Milo woman came forward and told investigators that her daughter had just bought a blue SUV and that the daughter had gone to Connecticut the day of the robbery.

Authorities interviewed the daughter, who said she was at the McDonald’s on Union Street for about an hour, along with several others, including a friend and the friend’s boyfriend, “Mark.”

She said “Mark” had left the vehicle at about the time the robbery took place and that he was wearing clothing that matched the description later provided of the Bangor robbery suspect. When the man returned to the SUV, he was wearing a bandage that he had not been wearing before. The bandage reportedly covered a tear drop tattoo, according to the affidavit.

The woman’s daughter said she dropped the suspect and his girlfriend off at a Super 8 motel in Hartford, Conn., the day of the Bangor robbery.

“A huge amount of credit goes to the quality of the video [surveillance system] in the TD Banknorth’s Bangor branch as well as the citizens of the community willing to get involved,” Kenison said.

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