Second Bingham bank hit by hammer-wielding robber in less than a month

Posted Feb. 04, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 04, 2014, at 10:33 p.m.

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BINGHAM, Maine — Investigators from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the second bank robbery in Bingham involving a suspect armed with a hammer in less than a month.

The first such incident occurred on Jan. 17 at Camden National Bank, where a man armed with a hammer entered the bank shortly after 11 a.m., demanded and received cash and left the area on foot.

On Tuesday, a similar robbery took place about 11:20 a.m. at Skowhegan Savings Bank, said Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster.

Lancaster said that a white male wearing a black ski mask and armed with a hammer entered the bank and demanded money from the teller. No one was injured and the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and slim to medium in build, Lancaster said. He said that besides the ski mask, the robber was wearing dark-colored clothing.

Deputies used dogs to try to track the robber and were led to nearby Lander Avenue, where the trail ended, Lancaster said. He said it is not yet clear if the robber left the area in a vehicle.

Lancaster said the sheriff’s office is looking at the details in both cases to see what similarities there might be. Investigators also are reviewing surveillance footage, he said.

“We can’t say that there’s any connection at this point. We just want to make sure that it’s not a copycat,” he said.

Anyone with information on either robbery should call the sheriff’s office at 474-9591, or the tip line at 474-0230.

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