Police seeking public’s help finding suspect behind recent bank heists in eastern Maine

Posted May 21, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — Area police agencies and the FBI are asking for the public’s help in finding a person believed to be behind four unsolved bank robberies that occurred earlier this year.

Police officials called a news conference in Bangor on Wednesday afternoon to ask the public for information that might crack the case.

Officials say the robberies at Key Bank in Ellsworth on Feb. 3, Camden National Bank in Corinth on March 20, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Bangor on April 3 and Bangor Savings Bank in Orono on April 25, likely were perpetrated by the same person.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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“Someone knows who this bank robber is. He is a friend, a neighbor or a coworker,” said Aaron Steps, the supervisory special agent who oversees FBI operations in Maine. “We ask that the public review the photos and call us so that we can identify the individual.”

The FBI has been collaborating with local police in Ellsworth, Orono, Bangor and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. Police received and followed several tips in the wake of the robberies, but none proved substantial, according to Penobscot County Sheriff’s Detective William Flagg.

Flagg said there were enough similarities in the four robberies to convince police that the same person committed all four. He declined to disclose what those similarities were for investigative reasons, but encouraged the public to take a second look at published photographs of the suspect.

“Several years ago, as the public may recall, we were able to identify another bank robber nicknamed the Burly Bandit who robbed several banks in Maine,” Steps said. “He has since been convicted and is now serving his sentence in prison.”

Investigators have not revealed how much money was taken from the four banks.

“No hardworking bank employee in Maine or anywhere else should have to wake up in the morning and become the victim of a violent crime,” Steps said.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies or the suspect is asked to call Penobscot Regional Communications Center at 945-4636.

Follow BDN reporter Nick McCrea on Twitter @nmccrea213.


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