Augusta man pleads guilty to robbing Bangor credit union in May

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 7:41 p.m.
Thaddeus Peter McDonald
Penobscot County Jail
Thaddeus Peter McDonald

BANGOR, Maine — The man accused of robbing a downtown credit union May 25 pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge in U.S. District Court.

Thaddeus Peter McDonald, 32, of Augusta was indicted in July by a federal grand jury in Bangor in connection with a robbery at the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union, the entrance to which is located at the lower level of the Merchants Plaza building.

McDonald admitted Tuesday that he robbed the credit union of $6,360, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

A sentencing date has not been set.

McDonald agreed last month to be held without bail until his case is resolved.

He was charged July 7 by federal authorities after originally being charged in state court.

McDonald told Bangor detectives that he committed the crime on impulse after recent traumas in his life, including the death of his wife and the loss of his children, and out of desperation.

He did not use a gun and did not threaten violence, according to documents filed in federal court. He told Bangor police that he is on probation for aggravated forgery and has convictions on his record for burglary and statutory rape.

Affidavits filed by several Bangor officers explained how McDonald used some of the cash to first secure a room at the Charles Inn and then hired a driver with Town Taxi for a more than $200 ride to Augusta. Based on information from a witness, police stopped the taxi near mile marker 180 on southbound Interstate 95 and apprehended McDonald without incident.

McDonald’s demand for money was the second time this year that the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union has been robbed.

Donovan W. Steen Jr., 20, of Bangor earlier this year pleaded guilty at the Penobscot Judicial Center to robbery charges associated with that incident. He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison for robbing the credit union on Jan. 18.

If convicted, McDonald faces up to 20 years in prison. Because of his criminal record, McDonald could be ruled a “career criminal” and face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

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