Berwick man accused of robbing bank held on high bail

Posted July 21, 2011, at 9:34 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A Maine man accused of robbing a Portsmouth bank this week swore at a prosecutor during his arraignment after being ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Thomas Gould of Berwick, Maine, is charged with robbing a Citizens Bank inside a supermarket on Monday morning. Police say he told the teller he had a bomb, but the paper bag he was carrying and left behind was just an alarm clock.

He was arrested at gunpoint Tuesday night at a motel not far from the bank when he told police he planned on turning himself in.

Prosecutors at his arraignment on a charge of armed robbery asked for $100,000 bail, citing the 46-year-old Gould’s criminal past, But Gould protested, saying the record referred to was his father’s and swearing at prosecutors.