Armed robber holds up bank in South China, escapes on bicycle

Posted Dec. 16, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.

CHINA, Maine — Police are on the lookout for a man they say held up a South China bank at gunpoint on Friday morning.

Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office told the Bangor Daily News a white man entered the Border Trust bank on Route 3 wearing a dark-colored mask which was pulled up from the neck, covering his nose and mouth.

The suspect brandished his handgun and demanded money from the three tellers. He subsequently got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Davies said the man took off around the west side of the bank before getting onto a bicycle and fleeing north on Jones Brook Crossing towards Village Street. A K-9 unit started tracking the suspect and eventually found the bike, but the suspect had discarded it and reportedly got into the passenger seat of a white pickup truck. The alleged accomplice sped away.

No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery, according to Davies, but the tellers were shaken by the incident, he said.

The suspect is described as a white man standing roughly 6 feet tall with light-colored hair and eyes. He was wearing brown Carhartt pants and a dark jacket. The pickup truck’s plate number is unknown.

Maine State Police troopers are aiding Kennebec County Sheriff’s deputies in the investigation and the suspect was captured on video surveillance, which Davies believes will aid authorities in their search for the man.

Any additional witnesses who may have been in the immediate area and haven’t yet come forward or anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 623-3614, ext. 215.

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