AUGUSTA — A West Gardiner man will spend an initial three years in prison for robbing a Camden National Bank branch inside the Goggins IGA in Randolph last Oct. 31 and making off with $5,900.

Michael Anthony Giacomuzzi, 32, was sentenced to seven years in state prison, with all but an initial three years suspended. When he is freed, he will be on probation for three years.

He also was ordered to pay restitution of $5,900 for the benefit of the bank.

Giacomuzzi had pleaded guilty Thursday in the Capital Judicial Center to robbery and theft by unauthorized taking, both relating to the bank holdup.

Bank employees told police that a man in dark clothing came into the bank at about 1:47 p.m. that day and handed a teller a note — on white paper lined in pink — demanding money and saying he had a gun. The robber was given cash and fled to a white sedan, which witnesses reported as leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed and as having no rear license plate. One motorist reported that his vehicle narrowly escaped being hit by the suspect’s vehicle.

Giacomuzzi and his vehicle were identified by numerous people who saw images captured on surveillance video from a number of stores in the area, according to an affidavit by police. He was arrested in Pittston on Nov. 4, and by that point had sold the vehicle used in the robbery.

Police and others indicated the robbery was drug-related, and part of Giacomuzzi’s sentence runs concurrent to a 363-day probation revocation for a conviction for unlawful possession of drugs.

Police investigating Giacomuzzi’s vehicle after it apparently broke down on Sept. 27, 2015, in Gardiner, reported finding heroin and two syringes in it. Giacomuzzi was fined $400, and given a 364-day jail sentence with all but 24 hours suspended and one year of probation.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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