Staff Writer

SOUTH CHINA — A man with a handgun robbed Border Trust Co. on Route 3 about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Police described the light-haired suspect as about 6-feet tall, weighing 170 pounds, and wearing jeans, a brown Carhartt jacket and a black ski mask that he pulled up over his chin and mouth.

Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said a man entered the front door of the bank, displayed a firearm, demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money, and fled out the front door.

Three tellers were in the bank, said Davies. None were injured, but he said they were shaken by the incident.

There were no customers in the bank, said Davies, who estimated the armed robber was in the bank for a couple of minutes.

Brian Cloutier, who lives nearby, said he saw a male wearing a ski mask pedaling a bicycle away from the bank on Village Street. Cloutier said the male ditched the bike and got picked up by someone driving a white truck.

Kennebec County Sheriff’s Cpl. G.J. Neagle and his K-9 Gib performed a track behind the bank; Neagle said evidence was recovered.
Davies said sheriff’s office patrol units, personnel with the department’s Major Crimes Unit, the K-9 team, and several Maine State

Police troopers responded to the scene, where crime scene tape was stretched across the front parking lot and across the drive-thru exit.

Several customers pulled up to the closed bank, as did a Brinks truck driver. He got out with a money bag but after talking with police, he returned to the truck.

Beth Staples — 861-9252
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