June 21, 2018
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Ellsworth Key Bank robbed, police seeking suspect

By Bill Trotter and Nell Gluckman, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An apologetic bank robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the local Key Bank branch on Monday afternoon, according to police.

The robber — wearing a face mask, sunglasses, hooded sweatshirt and gloves — kept telling a bank teller he was sorry as he demanded that she put money in what appeared to be a small, soft-sided cooler that he brought with him into the High Street bank around 1:45 p.m., police said.

“He apologized profusely about what he was doing,” Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said.

Ellsworth Police Chief John DeLeo indicated in an email that the suspect was wearing all gray or black.

“A small-statured male came into the bank and went to a teller and demanded all the cash,” DeLeo said in an email. “No weapon was displayed.”

Page said the robber appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He said that after he got the money, the man ran out the door and toward the L.L. Bean store next door.

A review of surveillance system video taken from outside the bank showed the robber getting into the driver’s side of a dark-colored, full-size extended cab pickup truck that was parked in the middle of the L.L. Bean parking lot, DeLeo said. He said police are working to enhance the quality of the video in order to identify the make and model of the truck..

Officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI were assisting Ellsworth police in investigating the case, according to Page. After the robbery, a few officers were examining footprints left in a snowbank at the edge of the L.L. Bean parking lot for possible evidence.

Page said that Monday’s bank robbery was the first one in Ellsworth in 35 years.

“This is the first bank robbery we’ve had in Ellsworth since I’ve been [with the Ellsworth Police Department],” Page said

Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is urged to call the Ellsworth Police Department at 667-2133.

Bangor Daily News reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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