MILFORD, Maine — The “good Samaritan” who helped police track the man accused of robbing the People’s United Bank on Thursday has been charged with receiving stolen property from Albert J. Harnois III, 27, of Greenbush, the man charged with robbing the bank.
Sean Lenane, 31, of Greenbush confronted Harnois at about 11:25 a.m. as he left the bank located in the Mobil On the Run store on Route 2 in Milford, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County.
“Lenane follows Harnois out of the store to the parking lot and demands some of the money from him before [Lenane] gives the police a description of the robber,” Roberts said Friday.
Harnois allegedly gave Lenane $400 of the more than $10,000 he took from the bank.
Lenane was arrested Thursday afternoon after investigators interviewed Harnois. Lenane was charged with the misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property, the prosecutor said. In addition, Lenane was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear at an arraignment last month for operating a motor vehicle after license suspension.
After receiving the money, Lenane then followed Harnois and told police the type of vehicle the alleged robber was driving and relayed the number of the license plate to police, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.
Maine State Police officers were able to get ahead of Harnois on Route 2 and laid down spike mats, which disabled the 1999 Audi he was driving. Police took him into custody about 30 minutes after the robbery, Sgt. Wil Sheehan of the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
The robber was described as wearing a red or orange jacket with the hood up, a scarf and sunglasses when he left the store. Although Harnois did not brandish a weapon, the teller told police he could see the butt of a knife in the robber’s waistband, Roberts said.
All the money was recovered from both men, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Lenane was released late Thursday on $500 cash bail from the Penobscot County Jail, according to jail personnel. The date of his court appearance was unavailable Friday afternoon.
Harnois made his first appearance Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Class B robbery and theft charges. He did not enter pleas but is scheduled to appear in court again on March 14.
District Court Judge Bruce Jordan set bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 in property.
Through lawyer of the day Joseph Belisle of Bangor, Harnois said he lived in Greenbush with his pregnant wife and father-in-law. The attorney said the defendant could raise between $1,000 and $2,000 in cash for bail from family and friends.
“This is an extremely serious matter,” the judge said in imposing the amount of bail requested by prosecutors. “His criminal history is significant, and I think for the protection of the public, a high bail is warranted.”
Harnois’ criminal history includes a conviction for reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon related to an attempted assault in 2003 on the police chief of Indian Township and convictions in 2002 for theft, drugs and burglary to a motor vehicle, according to the district attorney’s office.
If convicted, Harnois faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Lenane faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 on the Class E charge of receiving stolen property.