PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for holding up a bank in Portsmouth, N.H., last summer by telling the clerk he had a bomb.
Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Gould of Chelsea, Mass., pleaded guilty on Friday in the July robbery of the Citizens Bank branch in the Shaw’s Supermarket.
Police say Gould, who used to live in Berwick, Maine, placed a brown paper bag on the counter and told the teller it contained a bomb.
Fosters Daily Democrat reports that he fled the bank and got into a vehicle parked across the street.
State police determined that the bag contained a ticking alarm clock, not a bomb.
Gould was arrested the following night at a nearby motel.