Manhunt on for Unity credit union robber

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted July 29, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.

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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