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Downtown Bangor credit union robbed; Augusta man arrested

Posted May 25, 2011, at 1:54 p.m.
Last modified May 25, 2011, at 7:15 p.m.
Bangor Police converged at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza in downtown Bangor Wednesday. Police are questioning a suspect they believe robbed the bank shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Bangor Police converged at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza in downtown Bangor Wednesday. Police are questioning a suspect they believe robbed the bank shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Bangor Police converged at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza in downtown Bangor Wednesday.
Bangor Police converged at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza in downtown Bangor Wednesday.
Bangor Police officer Brian Smith, right, shined his flashlight on customer counter as Bangor Police patrolman Jim Hassard (hand and brush on left) dusted for fingerprints following a robbery at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza in downtown Bangor Wednesday.
Bangor Police officer Brian Smith, right, shined his flashlight on customer counter as Bangor Police patrolman Jim Hassard (hand and brush on left) dusted for fingerprints following a robbery at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza in downtown Bangor Wednesday.
Thadeus Justice McDonald
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Thadeus Justice McDonald

BANGOR, Maine — The biggest problem with robbing a bank in broad daylight? There is a good chance somebody saw something.

An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday and charged with robbery after a daring heist at a downtown Bangor credit union.

Thaddeus Justice McDonald, 32, allegedly robbed the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza and then fled in a taxi from nearby Pickering Square. Police tracked McDonald after a witness told them that a black male wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and a hat left the bank hurriedly and got into a waiting taxi.

Police traced the taxi and discovered that it was on Interstate 95 heading south away from Bangor. The cab was stopped and the suspect inside detained, according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

The man, later identified as McDonald, was interviewed at length at the Bangor Police Department and subsequently was charged with Class B robbery.

McDonald was being held Wednesday night at the Penobscot County Jail and is expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. In addition to the robbery charge, McDonald is being held on a probation violation, according to police.

Police officers were still collecting evidence at the small credit union branch at mid-afternoon Wednesday. It was not clear how much money, if any, McDonald left the bank with. According to Maine criminal statutes, a charge of Class B robbery indicates that a weapon was not used.

This was the second time this year that the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union has been robbed. The bank, with an entrance that is almost hidden underneath the Merchants Plaza building, was robbed on Jan. 18 as well.

Donovan W. Steen Jr., 20, of Bangor later pleaded guilty to robbery charges associated with that incident and was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

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