June 18, 2018
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Bristol man gets nearly 5 years in credit union robbery in Portland

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — The Bristol man who admitted sending two juveniles into the University Credit Union on Forest Avenue to rob it a few days before Christmas in 2011 was sentenced Monday in U.S District Court to four years and nine months in federal prison.

Duane Toothaker, 42, pleaded guilty in September to bank robbery and aiding and abetting such conduct.

By pleading guilty, Toothaker admitted that on Dec. 21, 2011, he drove the two male juveniles, then aged 15 and 16, to the credit union, wrote the note used in the robbery, told them how to commit it, waited in his van nearby while they robbed a teller, then, drove them away from the scene and, finally, divided up the nearly $3,000 taken in the robbery.

The juveniles were convicted of theft in state court and sentenced to a Maine youth center, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Toothaker faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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