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Old Town man with prior convictions arrested for two bank robberies

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Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross (left), Orono police Detective Sgt. Derek Dinsmore, Orono Chief Josh Ewing, Penobscot County Deputy Chief Troy Morton and Detective Robert Jordan talk about how law enforcement collaboration led to Thursday's arrest of Troy Gay, 26, of Old Town for two recent bank robberies.
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Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross (left), Orono police Detective Sgt. Derek Dinsmore, Orono Chief Josh Ewing, Penobscot County Deputy Chief Troy Morton and Detective Robert Jordan talk about how law enforcement collaboration led to Thursday's arrest of Troy Gay, 26, of Old Town for two recent bank robberies.
A surveillance system image from the April 2014 robbery of the Bangor Savings Bank on Park Street in Orono.
Orono Police Department
A surveillance system image from the April 2014 robbery of the Bangor Savings Bank on Park Street in Orono.
Posted June 13, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
Last modified June 13, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town man with prior bank robbery convictions is behind bars again at the Penobscot County Jail after being charged with two new bank robberies in Corinth and Orono, police officials said Friday.

Troy M. Gay, 26, was arrested without incident about 10 a.m. Thursday at his residence by Orono police Detective Sgt. Derek Dinsmore and Detective Robert Jordan of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office in connection with bank robberies at Camden National Bank in Corinth on March 20 and Bangor Savings Bank in Orono on April 25.

“It was a masked man in both robberies who demanded money,” Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said at a noontime Friday press conference at the sheriff’s office in Bangor. “No weapon was displayed.”

Gay was out on bail after a drunken driving charge and police found him at the residence listed on his release form, Dinsmore said.

Gay signed a waiver of indictment to the Penobscot County grand jury, who review all felony charges, during his first appearance in court on Friday. He entered not guilty pleas to the two Class B bank robbery charges and a misdemeanor violation of his bail conditions charge before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Murray set his bail at $100,000.

The probable cause affidavit was sealed because of the complexity of the case, but District Attorney R. Christopher Almy was able to give some details about how Gay was identified as a suspect.

“One part of this case involved a robbery in Corinth. There were a lot of citizens in that town who were willing to come forward and give vital evidence and that really helped,” he said outside the courthouse. “The case in Orono primarily depends upon a DNA swab found on the bank counter and that was really helpful.

“So you have in these two robberies — one citizen involvement and the other scientific evidence,” the district attorney said.

There have been four recent bank robberies in Maine, and local police and the FBI asked for assistance in May with finding the culprits. The FBI offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

If the FBI’s reward played a role in Gay’s arrest is something Almy said he did not know.

Whether Gay is involved in the other robberies, which occurred at Key Bank in Ellsworth on Feb. 3 and Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Bangor on April 3, is still under investigation, Almy said.

“We have enough evidence at this point to charge him with these two particular robberies, the one in Corinth and the one in Orono,” Almy said. “The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to look at any evidence that is accumulated. The FBI is involved in this case. They have been working with the police agencies and doing some of the investigation.”

The information gathered by the seven law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation, including Orono and Penobscot County police, has been given to both the Ellsworth and Bangor police departments, Deputy Chief Troy Morton said.

“Those other agencies have been involved in the investigation,” he said.

“Mr. Gay is known to law enforcement,” Morton said later.

Gay was 21 and living in Greenbush in 2009 when he was charged with robbing Bangor Savings Bank in Howland in April 2009 and the Bank of America branch on Union Street in Bangor in May 2009.

He was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury for both robberies shortly afterward and for having 30 pounds of marijuana mailed to himself at the Old Town post office.

Gay was sentenced in October 2009 to eight years in prison with all but 3½ years suspended, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

Murray scheduled an Aug. 12 dispositional conference for Gay and a tentative early September trial date. She also ordered that if Gay is released on bail that he not have contact with two men and not possess alcohol or illegal drugs.

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