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Manhunt on for Unity credit union robber

Posted July 29, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
Last modified July 30, 2011, at 2:20 p.m.
An image taken from video at the Down East Credit Union in Unity, Maine, shows a robbery suspect on Friday afternoon, July 29, 2011.
Image courtesy of Waldo County Sheriff’s Office
An image taken from video at the Down East Credit Union in Unity, Maine, shows a robbery suspect on Friday afternoon, July 29, 2011.
Waldo County Sheriff's Department restricted access to Down East Credit Union in Unity following Friday afternoon's robbery there. The suspect took off on foot. At 4 p.m., when this photo was taken the suspect remained at large.
Waldo County Sheriff's Department restricted access to Down East Credit Union in Unity following Friday afternoon's robbery there. The suspect took off on foot. At 4 p.m., when this photo was taken the suspect remained at large.
With the help of a police canine, Waldo County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Brown (left) and Maine State Trooper Shawn D. Porter search the perimeter of Down East Credit Union in Unity following Friday afternoon's robbery there. The suspect took off on foot. At 4 p.m., when this photo was taken, the suspect remained at large.
With the help of a police canine, Waldo County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Brown (left) and Maine State Trooper Shawn D. Porter search the perimeter of Down East Credit Union in Unity following Friday afternoon's robbery there. The suspect took off on foot. At 4 p.m., when this photo was taken, the suspect remained at large.
Waldo County Sheriff's Department restricted access to Down East Credit Union in Unity following Friday afternoon's robbery there. The suspect took off on foot. At 4 p.m., when this photo was taken the suspect remained at large.
Waldo County Sheriff's Department restricted access to Down East Credit Union in Unity following Friday afternoon's robbery there. The suspect took off on foot. At 4 p.m., when this photo was taken the suspect remained at large.
An image taken from video at the Down East Credit Union in Unity, Maine, shows a robbery suspect on Friday afternoon, July 29, 2011.
Image courtesy of Waldo County Sheriff’s Office
An image taken from video at the Down East Credit Union in Unity, Maine, shows a robbery suspect on Friday afternoon, July 29, 2011.

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UNITY, Maine — The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police are on the lookout for a man who held up the Down East Credit Union branch on School Street.

The robbery occurred about 2:30 p.m. when a man entered the credit union with a black bag, held it over the counter and demanded cash, according to an alert issued to area police agencies.

The suspect, who left on foot, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Waldo County Sheriff Scott Story said Friday afternoon during a news conference at the credit union.

The robber last was seen heading toward Unity Raceway. Though a state police tracking dog team was brought to the area to help find him, he remained at large Saturday afternoon.

The robber is described as a white male about 5 feet 6 inches and about 140 pounds in weight. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with the word “Montana”and the number 89 on the front. He also was wearing bluejeans, white footwear, most likely sneakers, sunglasses and possibly gloves, Story said.

The man also may have been wearing a sailor’s hat with the brim turned down, he said.

Though the incident initially was described as a strong-arm robbery, it was not immediately clear if the robber was armed.

“We are still reviewing surveillance video,” Story said.

In addition to state police, Waldo County deputies are being assisted by the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Investigators still were on the scene as of 8 p.m. Friday.

Anyone with information about the robber or the robbery is urged to call the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department at 338-2040.

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