WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville police officers and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department deputies remained on the lookout Thursday night for a male suspect in a late afternoon robbery of the Key Bank at 305 Kennedy Memorial Drive Thursday.
“We got a 911 call from inside the bank reporting a robbery at 4:44 p.m.,” said Waterville police Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey. “We arrived within minutes and set up about a half-mile perimeter around the bank, based on a report that the robber left the bank and was on foot headed toward some medical offices.”
Waterville police requested K-9 unit assistance from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department and had a dozen officers on the scene within two minutes of the 911 call, but were unsuccessful in locating a suspect.
“We think the robber got into a vehicle parked in one of the adjoining lots near the medical building,” Rumsey said.
Rumsey released a partial description of the suspect: a white male between the ages of 45 and 55, average height, average weight, and wearing a long, dark coat.
“We are following up on a number of leads right now.” Rumsey said. “We have other details we may hold until midday tomorrow to let our investigators follow up on early leads.
“We do have surveillance footage we’ll likely release tomorrow as well.”
Rumsey said the man entered the bank and showed a teller a note which demanded money and also made a threat. Rumsey would not divulge the specific amount of money requested or given to the suspect, or the nature of the threat, but did say no weapon was displayed.
“He did receive an undisclosed quantity of cash and fled on foot. He was last seen walking behind the bank toward medical buildings,” Rumsey said.
At this time, the suspect is believed to have acted alone.
“We have no specific info leading us to believe there was an accomplice, and I’m comfortable saying he was alone in the bank,” Rumsey said.
Waterville police are requesting anyone in the vicinity of the medical offices at 325 Kennedy Memorial Drive or the bank before, during or immediately after the robbery to call the police station at 680-4700 and talk to Detective David Caron. Anyone who may have knowledge about the crime or the suspect is also asked to notify police. Tips can be made anonymously.