June 25, 2018
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Bangor credit union robber still at large; manhunt continues

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The young man who robbed the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union late Tuesday afternoon just before it closed is still on the run but police have clues to his identity, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

“We are actively pursuing leads,” he said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the robber, described as a thin white man in his teens to mid-20s, last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with the word “Billabong” written across the chest, and jeans. The robber is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and had blond stubble estimated to be a day or two old on his face, Edwards said.

The robber walked into the credit union just before the 4:30 p.m. closing time and got away with an undisclosed amount of money, Steve Baillargeon, president and CEO of Penobscot County Federal Credit Union, said Wednesday.

“We are very proud of the staff,” he said. “They did an exceptional job following their robbery training.”

Because of the ongoing investigation, Baillargeon was not able to say how many people were in the credit union at the time of the robbery, or whether the robber used a note or displayed a weapon.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss that,” he said.

The Penobscot County Federal Credit Union has been in existence for 42 years and is headquartered in Old Town. The downtown Bangor branch, located at 1 Merchants Plaza, opened up eight years ago and had never been robbed before, Baillargeon said. He said he decided to visit the branch on Wednesday to help reassure his staff.

In addition to local police, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the robbery.

The credit union is located just down the street from the Bangor Police Department, and even though police converged upon the crime scene within seconds of receiving the report, the robber managed to elude them.

Police released an image taken from a surveillance video camera at the credit union. It shows the robber wearing black sunglasses and the hood of the white sweatshirt covering his head. Police said he was also wearing a black hat, jeans and had on a pair of black gloves.

At one point Tuesday, a canine unit was used to track the robber, who fled of foot. The dog appeared to pick up a scent that led it through downtown to Union Street, near High Street, but lost the trail at that point, Edwards said Tuesday at the scene. He said the Evidence Response Team has collected evidence and is working with the FBI to identify a suspect.

The credit union has a drive-through window and is located on the ground floor of the UBS Financial Services building, which is located next to Pickering Square.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man seen in the credit union’s surveillance video.

Those with information about the case are asked to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing extension 6.

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