POLICE BEAT

Knife-wielding man robs Waterville credit union

Posted Sept. 23, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Central Maine experienced its fourth bank robbery in a two-month span Thursday as a man armed with a knife robbed a Waterville credit union, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said Friday.

No injuries were reported in the robbery, which occurred at about 3:30 p.m. at HealthFirst Federal Credit Union on Quarry Road.

The small credit union is surrounded by wooded trails next to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s North Street facility.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said the robber entered the credit union, demanded money and was out in “less than a minute.”

“When we got there, the robber had already entered and had left the credit union,” Massey said.

The call came in to Waterville police from Maine Security Surveillance and police were quick to respond.

“We had several officers in the area,” Massey said. “We eventually had a couple state police with dogs come in.”

The dogs attempted to track the suspect on nearby trails, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

The robber was described as a white man standing about 6 feet tall, weighing 145-160 pounds, with blue or hazel eyes, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and white sneakers. According to a video security photo released by police, the man was wearing a dark cloth obscuring most of his face, except his eyes.

Massey said that no employees witnessed the robber’s escape from the bank, which could hinder the ongoing investigation.

Other bank robberies in central Maine this summer include an incident at the Down East Credit Union in Unity on July 29; the Winslow Community Federal Credit Union on Aug. 11 and the Bangor Savings Bank on Capitol Street in Augusta on Aug. 22. No arrests have been made in connection with those cases.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Waterville Police Department at 680-4700.

SEE COMMENTS →

ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business
ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business