June 18, 2018
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Berwick man pleads guilty to robbing 4 banks in NH, Maine last year

Sanford PD | BDN
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Philip Gage
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Berwick man waived indictment Tuesday in U.S. District Court and pleaded guilty to robbing four banks — two in York County and two in New Hampshire — at gunpoint last year.

Phillip G. Gage, 46, admitted robbing the following banks on the following dates: Citizens Bank in Somersworth, N.H., on Aug. 21; the Peoples United Bank in Exeter, N.H., on Oct. 7; the Kennebunk Savings Bank in Eliot on Oct. 19; and the Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union in Sanford on Oct. 26.

Gage stole more than $21,000 from the four locations, according to a press release issued by the U.S. attorney’s office.

In addition to pleading guilty to four counts of armed bank robbery, Gage pleaded guilty to one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

Gage was prevented from possessing a gun due to previous felony convictions in Florida in 1986 and in Maine in 1999 and 2002.

He faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charges; between 15 years and life in prison on the charge of being a felon in possession of a gun; and a consecutive mandatory sentence of between seven years and life in prison for brandishing a gun during the bank robberies.

Gage is scheduled to be sentenced in June in federal court in Portland.


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