Police Ask For Public’s Help Identifying Suspect in 4 Bank Robberies [PHOTOS]
Police in three Maine towns are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect in four separate bank robberies. The first robbery happened in December of 2012 and the latest was just over a week ago. Police believe the same man has been responsible for all of them.
A joint press release was sent out today from three police departments, who are collaborating with the FBI, to solve these four bank robberies:
- December 13, 2012 at approximately 4:00 p.m. at Franklin Savings Bank, 194 Madison Avenue in Skowhegan
- February 21st, 2013 at approximately 4:42 p.m. at Key Bank, 305 Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville
- February 7, 2014, at approximately 2:45 p.m. at Bangor Savings Bank, 108 Somerset Avenue in Pittsfield
- February 12, 2015 at approximately 5:47 p.m. at TD Bank, 182 Main Street in Waterville
Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey told us by phone today that, in each case, a man wearing similar clothing commits the crimes by handing a note to the teller. Although the clothes are not always identical, they all involve heavy outerwear that hides the suspect's body shape and features. Rumsey says the threat in the note is always similar, and is different than what they normally see in these cases. (Details of the note and the amount of money stolen is confidential, as a valuable investigative tool.)
Another unusual habit of this suspect is that he always walks to the crime scene and then walks away, Rumsey says, and it's the distance of at least a city block. The suspect never runs, never displays any haste in his departure, despite the fact that police are on their way.
In one of the robberies, the suspect detonated a dye pack when opening a package of money. Rumsey says the person would have pink dye on the cash, on their clothing, and possibly on themselves. Police are as interested in why the person is committing the crimes as they are in who he is. Rumsey says they've considered everything from financing vacations, to paying taxes, to caring for a sick relative.
The suspect is described as a male, 55 to 65 years old, 5'6" to 5'10", and heavy set. But Rumsey cautions that folks shouldn't let that description sway them from offering information. It's possible the person is older or younger, and the heavy clothing could alter the body shape. He says anyone who thinks they have any information is encouraged to call. If you know someone who takes a vacation just after these robberies were committed, or someone who suddenly had pink dye on their clothes, it could be pertinent. Any information you think is relevant is welcomed.
If you think you have information on the suspect, you're encouraged to call Detective David Caron at the Waterville Police Department at (207) 680- 4700.