February 4

Second Bingham bank robbed by man with hammer

The Skowhegan Savings Bank branch was robbed less than three weeks after Camden National Bank was robbed, in both cases by a man with hammer.

By Rachel Ohm rohm@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BINGHAM — A bank in town was robbed by a man armed with a hammer, less than three weeks after someone with the same weapon robbed the town’s other bank the same way.

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SEARCH: Somerset Sheriff’s Deputy David Cole, left, and tracking dog Ruger, along with Trooper Peter Michaud, search the parking lot of Skowhegan Savings bank in Bingham after a man with a hammer robbed the bank on Tuesday.

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CLOSED: A police detective enters the closed Skowhegan Savings bank branch in Bingham after it was robbed Tuesday.

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Police are not sure whether the robberies were by the same man.

Tuesday’s robbery at Skowhegan Savings Bank on Main Street was reported shortly after 1 p.m.. The robbery was by a white man between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall wearing dark clothes and a ski mask and carrying a hammer, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after threatening employees inside the bank, Lancaster said. He would not say what the threat was.

Camden National Bank, also on Main Street, was robbed on Jan. 17, also by a man with a hammer. Each robber also wore a black ski mask and fled on foot.

Tuesday’s robber was described as slender, while the robber in the previous robbery was described as heavyset.

Lancaster said the department is working to identify other similarities between the two robberies and are not sure yet whether the two are related.

No customers were in the bank Tuesday and no one was injured, Lancaster said.

The robber fled the bank on foot and left tracks in the snow on nearby Lander Avenue, where police were looking for evidence with tracking dogs Tuesday afternoon. Lancaster said it was not clear whether he got away in a vehicle.

Police so far have no suspects in the first robbery, but Lancaster said Tuesday the department has active leads it’s following. A composite image of the robber based on surveillance images and witness reports was released last week.

The Maine State Police and Maine Warden Service also were on the scene, as were several deputies, two detectives and the chief deputy from the sheriff’s department.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about either robbery call the detective division at 474-9591 or the tip line at 474-0230. Anyone with information also can email the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department at sherifftips@somersetcounty-me.org.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368 rohm@centralmaine.com
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CLUES: Police officers use equipment to survey and record data on Lander Street next to the Skowhegan Savings branch in Bingham after it was robbed Tuesday.

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ROBBER: A composite image released by police of the suspect who robbed Camden National Bank in Bingham on Jan. 17.

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ROBBERY: Police, including Somerset County Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, center, consult outside the Skowhegan Savings bank branch in Bingham after it was robbed Tuesday.

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ROBBER: A composite image released by police of the suspect who robbed Camden National Bank in Bingham on Jan. 17.

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