Portland bank robber caught 10 minutes after crime, police say

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, at 9:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 20, 2013, at 1:07 p.m.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A man allegedly stole $1,000 from the KeyBank at 1 Monument Square at 2:06 p.m. Tuesday but was caught by police just 10 minutes after the robbery.

A teller called Portland police to report that the man handed another teller a note demanding money and then fled on foot east on Congress Street, according to a press release issued by the Portland Police Department.

Just nine minutes after the robbery, Officer Dan Rose found Joseph Blais, 49, of Portland at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and Chestnut Street. Blais was wearing the same clothes that the KeyBank teller described the robbery suspect as wearing and reportedly had $1,000 in bills wrapped in a bank band in his possession, along with other evidence linking him to the bank robbery.

Blais was arrested and taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where he was charged

with Class B robbery and held on $15,000 cash bail. Blais was still being held Tuesday night and has been scheduled for a court appearance at Cumberland County Superior Court on Friday afternoon.

Police said no weapon was used or found during the incident.