Newport robber sentenced in NH

Posted Nov. 02, 2010, at 12:23 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Berwick man convicted of holding up a Newport bank and three others in the Granite State earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., to nearly six years in federal prison.

He also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after completing his prison term and was ordered to pay a total of $6,050 restitution to the four banks.

Bo H. Rodden, 19, pleaded guilty in August to being involved in robberies at the following banks: a bank in Farmington, N.H., on April 13; TD Bank, Newport, Maine, on March 31; Ocean National Bank, Stratham, N.H., on April 5; Citizens Bank, Rollinsford, N.H., on April 12; and TD Bank, Dover, N.H., on April 13.

He was ordered to pay $1,800 in restitution to the Newport bank, $1,144 to the Stratham bank, $872 to the Rollinsford bank, and $1,072 to the Dover bank.

He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

His plea agreement with prosecutors calls for him to spend five years and 11 months in federal prison, which was the sentence imposed.

Rodden admitted that he 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 over a note that read, “This is a stick up. I have a gun. All one dollar, $50s, and 10s in an envelope. No [expletive] die packs.”

The employee gave Rodden $1,800, according to court documents, and he 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 April 14 in Dover, N.H., on a drug charge, according to previously published reports. When interviewed by a Dover police detective, Rodden confessed to the Newport robbery and told investigators he fled the scene on foot, then jumped into a waiting car.

No one else was charged in connection with the bank robbery in Maine. However, four other people are facing charges in federal court in New Hampshire for allegedly participating in robberies in Dover and-or Farmington, N.H. They are: Eric J. Nielson, 19, of South Berwick; Bethany Colson, 22, of Kittery; Christopher Hildreth, 22, of Kittery; and Jacob Brown, 19, of Columbia, Conn.

All four have pleaded not guilty to the charges and face the same maximum penalties and fines Rodden did. Their trial dates have not been set.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of bank robberies Rodden pleaded guilty to committing and the total amount of restitution ordered.

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