Greyhound bus driver indicted for Orono bank robbery

Posted Aug. 12, 2010, at 12:23 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:33 a.m.
Subject description:  white male, about 6? tall, about 250 lbs, about 30-40 years old, gray t-shirt, blue jeans, dark colored ball cap.  Subject claimed to have a weapon and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.  Subject MAY be occupying a small U-Haul box truck.  Left area on foot towards Old Town on Park Street. (Photo courtesy of Orono Police Dept.)
Subject description: white male, about 6? tall, about 250 lbs, about 30-40 years old, gray t-shirt, blue jeans, dark colored ball cap. Subject claimed to have a weapon and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. Subject MAY be occupying a small U-Haul box truck. Left area on foot towards Old Town on Park Street. (Photo courtesy of Orono Police Dept.)
Subject description:  white male, about 6? tall, about 250 lbs, about 30-40 years old, gray t-shirt, blue jeans, dark colored ball cap.  Subject claimed to have a weapon and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.  Subject MAY be occupying a small U-Haul box truck.  Left area on foot towards Old Town on Park Street. (Photo courtesy of Orono Police Dept.)
Subject description: white male, about 6? tall, about 250 lbs, about 30-40 years old, gray t-shirt, blue jeans, dark colored ball cap. Subject claimed to have a weapon and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. Subject MAY be occupying a small U-Haul box truck. Left area on foot towards Old Town on Park Street. (Photo courtesy of Orono Police Dept.)
Robert Ferguson. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)
Robert Ferguson. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)

BANGOR, Maine — The Greyhound bus driver who was arrested in connection with an area bank robbery last month and who is a suspect in 10 other bank robberies around New England was indicted Wednesday for the July 13 robbery of the Bangor Savings Bank branch in Orono.

Robert Ferguson, 47, of Lowell, Mass., is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday in U.S. District Court. He is expected to enter a not guilty plea.

He has not been indicted in federal courts in other states. A warrant for Ferguson was issued last month out of a state court in Rhode Island.

Ferguson agreed last month to be held without bail in Maine until his case here is resolved.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The bus driver appears to be under investigation by the FBI as the “burly bandit” responsible for at least 11 bank robberies in five states, including Maine. An attempt could be made to link Ferguson to the other robberies through the DNA sample the FBI said he gave voluntarily to investigators in Bangor.

The FBI called the New England robber the “burly bandit” because of his stocky build. On the day of the bank robbery in Orono it offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and capture.

The burly bandit concealed his face in a variety of ways, using sunglasses, a wig, a fake beard and several hats, including a straw cowboy hat, the FBI said in announcing the reward. He threatened to kill tellers at the New England banks, as Ferguson is alleged to have done in the Orono robbery. The burly bandit always left on foot, according to the FBI.

If Ferguson were to be indicted by federal grand juries in other states for bank robberies attributed to the “burly bandit,” the cases could be consolidated into one case in one federal court. That, however, is not likely to happen before fall.

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Banks hit by man fitting the description of the “burly bandit”:

• April 12 — Bank of America, Darien, Conn.

• April 27 — Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Tewksbury, Mass.

• May 5 — Digital Credit Union, Tyngsboro, Mass.

• May 17 — Rollstone Bank & Trust, Fitchburg, Mass.

• May 27 — Pawtucket Federal Credit Union, Warwick, R.I.

• May 27 — Rockland Federal Credit Union, North Attleboro, Mass.

• June 1 — Hampshire First Bank, Londonderry, N.H.

• June 1 — Pentucket Bank, Hampstead, N.H.

• June 24 — Webster Bank, Somers, Conn.

• July 2 — Ocean Bank, Merrimack, N.H.

• July 13 — Bangor Savings Bank, Orono, Maine.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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