May 26, 2018
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Jury indicts man in second bank robbery

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Greenbush man indicted last month for robbing a Bangor bank and having 30 pounds of marijuana mailed to himself at the Old Town post office from Texas was indicted Monday by the Penobscot County grand jury for a second bank robbery in Howland.

Troy M. Gay, 21, pleaded not guilty last month in Penobscot County Superior Court to robbing the Bank of America branch on Union Street on May 7 and to attempted unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Gay was indicted Monday for robbing the Bangor Savings Bank branch in Howland on April 27. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 25 on that charge.

He used similar methods in both robberies, according to court documents. Gay allegedly entered both banks shortly after 9 a.m. when they opened for business. He also allegedly was seen by witnesses hanging around the banks the day before each robbery.

Gay walked up to tellers in each bank, according to police affidavits, and demanded money. He did not brandish a weapon at either location or hand a note to bank employees. At the Bangor bank, Gay reportedly thanked a teller and, as he left, said, “Just want you to know there was no gun involved.”

He took $3,098 in the Howland robbery, according to court documents. The amount taken in the Bangor robbery has not been disclosed, but investigators found a large amount of cash buried behind the house of one of Gay’s friends in Old Town.

Gay remained Monday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make the $20,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail set on May 8.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 for each robbery and the drug charge.


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