Suspect at large after Skowhegan bank robbery, police say

Posted Dec. 13, 2012, at 8:28 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened late Thursday afternoon in which the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbery happened about 4:40 p.m. at the Franklin Savings Bank branch at the corner of Madison Avenue and Silver Street, said Skowhegan police Chief Michael Emmons.

Emmons said the robber came into the bank through the Madison Avenue entrance and passed a teller a note demanding cash and a white plastic bag to put it in, Emmons said. Though no weapon was displayed during the heist, the robber reportedly told the teller that he “had a buddy outside with a rifle,” the chief said.

After the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber left on foot in an unknown direction, Emmons said.

The robber is described as a white male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and about 60 years old, Emmons said. He was wearing dark pants, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and a hunter orange baseball cap with a camouflage knit cap on top of it. Emmons said it was difficult to determine the suspect’s build because of his bulky clothing.

Skowhegan police were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Madison Police Department, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police. County and state police officers brought tracking dogs to the area but the dogs were not able to pick up a scent leading to the robber, Emmons said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts should call Skowhegan police at 474-6908. To leave an anonymous tip, call 474-6915.

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