December 26, 2012

Skowhegan bank robber will be apprehended, police chief vows

Dec. 13 heist at Franklin Savings Bank branch on Madison Avenue will be cracked by detectives, Michael Emmons said.

By Doug Harlow
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN -- The police chief said Wednesday he is certain detectives will find the man who robbed a Madison Avenue bank two weeks ago.

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Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons, emerges from the drive-through teller bay at Franklin Savings Bank on Madison Avenue in Skowhegan on Dec. 13, while investigating a robbery.

Staff file photo by Michael G. Seamans

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A Skowhegan police cruiser sits parked next to Franklin Savings Bank on Madison Avenue after a robbery on Dec. 13.

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Chief Michael Emmons said that, like the lengthy investigation into the June 2009 armed robbery of the Taconnet Federal Credit Union that led to convictions and prison time, it will just be a matter of time before the robber is caught.

"I'm confident the detectives will get to the bottom of it and find the responsible person," Emmons said.

The robber on Dec. 13 handed a teller a note at Franklin Savings Bank demanding cash and had a plastic bag to put the money in. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was described as white and about 60 years old, wearing layers of dark clothing and a dark hooded sweatshirt. He also wore an orange hunting baseball cap with a skull cap over the top and black gloves. The robber appeared to be about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and did not wear a mask, according to Emmons.

He did not show a weapon.

The man reportedly told the teller that he had a friend waiting outside the bank with a rifle. Emmons said there was no evidence of another person outside, and witnesses did not see a getaway vehicle.

Skowhegan police officers, along with Somerset County sheriff's deputies and Maine State Police, unsuccessfully searched the area for the robber using tracking dogs.

As of Wednesday, there were no leads and no suspects in the bank robbery, Emmons said.

Emmons said that in the credit union robbery, Skowhegan police, led by Detective Kelly Hooper and with the help of the FBI, arrested two men in November 2011, after more than two years on the case.

Doug Harlow -- 612-2367


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