January 20

Police to look at video in Bingham bank robbery

Robber wielded hammer in Friday morning robbery that police say is not connected with Saturday Clinton robbery, also by man with hammer.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BINGHAM — Police will begin Tuesday to examine video and still images taken from surveillance cameras at the Bingham branch of Camden National Bank, which was robbed Friday morning by a man wielding a hammer.

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Somerset County Sheriff’s officers on scene Friday at Camden National Bank on Main Street in Bingham, which was robbed by a man armed with a hammer.

Staff photo by Rachel Ohm

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“As far as surveillance goes, the bank is going to download information for us so we can analyze it,” Dale Lancaster, chief deputy of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, said Monday morning. “I’ll probably know tomorrow morning what we have for video.”

Police said the robber was a white man, heavyset and about six feet tall. He was wearing a black ski mask and was armed with a hammer.

Police are not saying whether he made threats at the bank on Main Street, U.S. Route 201. There was one customer in the bank during the robbery, but he was in an office, not in the main area, Lancaster said.

No employees or customers were injured. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police. The robber left the bank on foot and escaped the area in a vehicle, according to Lancaster. A description of the vehicle was not available, but Lancaster said police determined where it had been parked a few streets away by using a tracking dog.

So far, there are no suspects, Lancaster said Monday.

Police in Clinton said they do not think an armed robbery by a man also armed with a hammer at Super 95 One Stop Saturday night is connected to the Bingham robbery.

Clinton police Sgt. Rusty Bell said Monday that Jeremy Holt, 23, of Clinton, a former employee, did not intend to harm the store clerk, whom he knew.

Holt was arrested Saturday at around 7:50 p.m. and taken to the Kennebec County jail, where he is being held without bail on a probation hold, according to a jail intake officer.

Holt is scheduled to be arraigned via video Tuesday from the county jail.

The clerk at the store on Hinckley Road reported the robbery to police, who tracked Holt down in his 2001 blue Ford Focus on Johnson Flat Road, near the Pittsfield town line. He was taken into custody and is charged with armed robbery.

Police ask that anyone with information on the Bingham bank robbery to contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division at 207-474-9591, the tip line at 207-474-0230 or by email at sherifftips@somersetcounty-me.org

The investigation into the store robbery in Clinton is ongoing, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Rusty Bell at the Clinton Police Department at 207-426-9192.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367 dharlow@centralmaine.com Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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