Berwick man indicted in Newport robbery

Posted May 18, 2010, at 10:44 p.m.
Bo Rodden  - HOC Booking (NEWPORT ROBBERY SUSPECT)
Bo Rodden - HOC Booking (NEWPORT ROBBERY SUSPECT)

BANGOR, Maine — A Berwick man believed to have robbed five banks in two states has been indicted by a federal grand jury for the March 31 holdup of a Newport bank.

The arraignment in federal court of Bo H. Rodden, 19, who is being held at the Stafford County Jail in Dover, N.H., on state bank robbery charges, has not been set. He remained jailed Tuesday after he was unable to make the $200,000 bail set last month in Dover District Court.

Rodden allegedly went into the TD Bank branch on Main Street in Newport shortly after 9 a.m. March 31. Wearing a “white ‘Gilligan’ bucket hat,” according to court documents, he approached one of the bank employees and handed the employee a note, which read: “This is a stick up. I have a gun. All one dollar, $50s, and 10s in an envelope. No [expletive deleted] die packs.”

The employee gave Rodden $1,800, according to court documents, and Rodden fled on foot. The hat was found on the pavement on Wiseman Street near the intersection of North Street, not far from the bank.

Rodden was arrested in Dover, N.H., on April 14 on a drug charge, according to previously published reports. When interviewed by a Dover police detective, Rodden allegedly confessed to the Newport robbery and told investigators he fled the scene on foot, then jumped into a waiting car.

No one else has been charged in federal court in Maine in connection with the Newport robbery. Rodden, according to a newspaper in Dover, is a suspect in four bank robberies in New Hampshire in the communities of Framington, Stratham and Rollinsford.

Rodden has not been charged in federal court in Concord, N.H.

Three others, including a Kittery man, have been charged in state court in New Hampshire in connection with the robbery spree.

Information about them was not available late Tuesday.

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