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Lisbon man accused of bank robbery in Maine

November 15, 2012
The Review

LISBON - A village resident reportedly robbed a Maine bank on Tuesday before returning home the next day, where he was promptly arrested.

Richard D. Gooding, 38, formerly of Salineville, was taken into custody at his apartment on East Lincoln Way about noon Wednesday, according to police Chief Mike Abraham.

Abraham was briefed afterward by the FBI agents and Youngstown police officers who arrived to arrest Gooding shortly after he returned from his bus trip to Portland, Maine.

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This image, taken from a surveillance camera, show the man who walked away from the Bangor Savings Bank branch in Portland with $1,543 in cash. Police believe that man is Richard D. Gooding of Lisbon.

He said Gooding took a Greyhound bus to Portland earlier this week and proceeded to rob a local bank on Tuesday morning. He jumped on a returning bus, arriving in Lisbon on Wednesday morning. Gooding was not home very long before the FBI and police arrived to arrest him.

According to the Portland Press-Herald and court records, a man entered a Bangor Savings Bank branch in Portland at 9:09 a.m. Tuesday and made some comments to a teller indicating this was a robbery and for her to place money into what appeared to be a bread bag from Shaw's Supermarket. The suspect escaped with $1,543.

A cab driver who heard about the robbery on the radio contacted police and told them he picked up a white male matching the description. The man had called the cab driver at 9:22 a.m. from a cell phone with an Ohio number and asked for a ride to the Greyhound station. The man told the driver he was from Youngstown and paid the driver $20 for a $9 fare, telling him to keep the change.

Abraham said Portland police were also able to track the suspect's whereabouts to a local Motel 6, where he registered using his actual identity. The motel clerk recognized him from a bank surveillance photo, noting he had been wearing the same sweatshirt with "ECKO 72" emblazoned on the front.

The sweatshirt was found by a police dog, along with a winter cap worn by the suspect in the bank parking lot.

Gooding is expected to be arraigned sometime in federal court in Youngstown and eventually be returned to Portland.

 
 

 

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