Police: Waldoboro man’s botched attempt to rob Union bank was last-minute decision

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 22, 2013, at 2:40 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Waldoboro man accused of trying to rob a bank in Union Thursday afternoon told police that his effort was a last-minute decision.

Joseph M. Lewis told officers that he was pressured with bills and that he was not getting ahead so he decided to try to rob the Damariscotta Bank & Trust branch in Union, according to an affidavit filed Friday by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis, however, had problems, because when he got out of his car, he tripped in the parking lot and then said he believes he forgot to pull his mask down over his face as he approached the door to the bank, the affidavit stated. When he finally got to the door it was moments after 3 p.m. and the doors had just been locked.

The employees in the bank branch saw Lewis attempting to open the locked door and saw him carrying a paper bag and wearing the mask, according to the affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court. The bank employees called 911.

Lewis left in his car but was stopped by police on the Union Common near Camden National Bank’s branch.

A BB gun was found under a seat in his car although Lewis said he was not carrying it when he tried to enter the bank.

He was charged with attempted robbery and taken to the Knox County Jail. Lewis made his initial appearance in court Friday, where bail was set at $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety.

He is being represented by attorney Philip Cohen of Waldoboro.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/22/news/midcoast/police-waldoboro-mans-botched-attempt-to-rob-union-bank-was-last-minute-decision/ printed on August 20, 2014