YORK, Maine – Tri-state police pursued a suspect Monday as they investigated a reported theft at the Bangor Savings Bank branch on US Route 1.
The suspect, a man who said he saw him flee the bank in a white van, allegedly escaped authorities in southern Maine, the New Hampshire coast and northern Massachusetts, where a car chase turned into a chase to the man on foot, police said. .
In a series of tweets Monday night, Massachusetts State Police said patrols, K-9 units and police plane were search for an area near Route 1 and Pleasant Street in Salisbury, Massachusetts, for a suspect who fled on foot after crashing in a chase.
The suspect, wanted in connection with a bank robbery in York, Maine, had previously fled from the police in Seabrook, New Hampshire, according to Massachusetts State Police.
During the bank robbery, the suspect had pretended to have a bomb, so the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad has been called in to examine the suspicious vehicle and assist as needed when the suspect is found, according to the tweets, which advised area residents to demonstrate of caution while searching. The bomb squad cleaned the vehicle and a motel room linked to the suspect, police said.
Shortly before 9 p.m., Maine State Police said the “active search” of the suspect ended with its whereabouts still under investigation.
The suspect did not show a weapon during the robbery, York Police said.
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York Police Department is seeking information from any witnesses who were in the vicinity of the Hannaford bank and grocery store and saw suspicious activity around 10:20 a.m., according to a YPD Facebook post.
In a press release Monday afternoon, YPD said officers responded around 10:20 a.m. to an ongoing bank robbery. Upon arrival, they were told that the suspect had already left the bank with an undisclosed sum of money.
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The suspect was described as a white man about 6 feet tall with a slim build, wearing jeans, a dark hoodie, a dark mask, a ski cap and gloves, police said. Witnesses said they saw him get into a white utility-type pickup truck with New Hampshire license plates.
Additionally, the suspect has been described by Massachusetts State Police as wearing a patterned jacket, possibly camouflage style.
Bangor Savings Bank spokeswoman Jaclyn Fish confirmed that a theft was reported on Monday, and she said the York branch would remain closed for the remainder of the day.
The number of people inside the branch at the time of the incident is unknown, but everyone is safe, Fish said Monday afternoon.
Fish said the bank is currently cooperating with local authorities as they investigate the incident. She referred further questions to YPD.
“We are grateful that our employees are safe as well as our customers, and we very much appreciate the local agents for their prompt response and continued assistance,” said Fish.
The last reported theft from a savings bank in Bangor was in September 2020, and thefts are rare, Fish said.
Hannaford spokeswoman Ericka Dodge declined to comment, referring questions to police.
The Bangor Savings Bank branch is at 460 US Route 1, and the Hannaford is at 5 Hannaford Drive.
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Anyone with information regarding this theft can contact the Detective Sgt. Thomas Cryan at 207-363-1031 or email@example.com.
Anyone with advice is encouraged to contact YPD at 207-363-4444. Those who choose to remain anonymous can report information to Seacoast Crime Stoppers by calling (603) 431-1199, texting CRIMES (274637) and including TIPSCS in the message, or submitting a confidential tip online by visiting the Seacoast Crime Stoppers website at www. seacoastcrimestoppers.com or the Facebook page.