June 18, 2018
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Brunswick man pleads guilty to robbing Arundel credit union at gunpoint

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND Maine — A Brunswick man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to the armed robbery of an Arundel credit union in May.

Travis Leeman, 30, pleaded guilty to two charges: bank robbery and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 4 in federal court in Portland.

Leeman has been held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail since his arrest about a week after the robbery.

Leeman walked into Infinity Federal Credit Union on Alfred Road shortly after 9:30 a.m. May 29 wearing a yellow Carhartt-like two-piece rain suit and an orange face mask, according to the prosecution version of events to which the defendant pleaded guilty. He brandished a .380-caliber pistol, announced it was a robbery and demanded money before jumping over the counter.

“Once over the counter, the defendant ordered the tellers to empty the drawers, and presented a dark-colored cooler-type bag, into which $7,691 was placed,” according to the prosecution version. “The defendant then ordered the tellers to the ground and threatened that there was a partner outside, saying words to the effect of, ‘I don’t want there to be a shootout.’ The defendant then departed the credit union.”

Leeman was arrested June 3 after investigators traced the bag in which he told tellers to put the money to the Walmart in Biddeford, according to the prosecution version. Store surveillance footage showed the person who bought the item get into a truck with a logo for a local business. Leeman was employed by that firm.

A motive for the bank robbery is not included in court documents. It also is unclear how much, if any, of the money was recovered.

Leeman faces up to 25 years in prison on the bank robbery charge and an additional mandatory minimum of seven years and a maximum sentence of life on the gun charge.

He also could be ordered to pay restitution and a fine of up to $250,000.

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