Manhunt on for Bangor credit union robber

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 18, 2011, at 4:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Officers from the Bangor Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a robbery Tuesday afternoon at a downtown credit union in which an undisclosed amount of cash was taken by a male suspect who fled on foot.

Though police converged upon the crime scene within seconds, the suspect managed to elude them and remained at large Tuesday evening.

The robbery at the Bangor branch of the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union was reported about 4:30 p.m., Sgt. Paul Edwards said at a news conference Tuesday outside the credit union at 1 Merchants Plaza, next to Pickering Square.

Edwards described the suspect as a white male believed to be in his teens to mid-20s. The suspect is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, thinly built and clean-shaven, although he appeared to have blonde facial hair estimated to be a day or two old, Edwards said in an update early Tuesday evening.

The suspect was wearing a white long-sleeve sweatshirt with “Billabong” written on it, black sunglasses, black gloves and bluejeans, as can be seen in credit union surveillance video released to the news media.

One of the Police Department’s tracking dogs was brought to the crime scene. Though the dog picked up a scent that led him through downtown to Union Street, near High Street, the trail was lost, Edwards said. He said the Evidence Response Team has collected evidence and is working with the FBI to apprehend the suspect.

The credit union, which has a drive-through window and is located on the ground floor of the UBS building, was scheduled to close at 4:30 p.m., according to the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union’s website.

In the moments after the heist, Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatchers reported that the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office deputies were helping search for the suspect and that Brewer police were called to monitor the nearby Joshua Chamberlain Bridge.

Edwards said no one was injured during the incident.

Penobscot County Federal Credit Union is not the first financial institution in Bangor to be robbed recently.

Bangor Savings Bank on State Street was struck on July 6, 2010. In November, Matisha Marie Pitts of Bangor pleaded guilty to the robbery, admitting she entered the bank, handed a note to a teller that demanded money and indicated she had a gun.

The bank employee handed over $1,390 in cash, and Pitts left the bank.

On May 6, 2002, the former Fleet Bank on Exchange Street was robbed at gunpoint by Mary Regina Elizabeth Gorsuch, a former Brewer woman.

Gorsuch, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, was not taking her prescribed medication at the time of the robbery. She served a 3½-year sentence for that offense.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. Those who prefer to remain anonymous should press 6 to use the department’s confidential tip line.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the events occurred Thursday instead of Tuesday and misspelled the name of the building as USB instead of UBS.

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