m-brunrobbery-011609 Police seek leads in Brunswick bank robbery

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BRUNSWICK — Police continued canvassing for leads following Monday’s robbery of Norway Savings Bank at Cook’s Corner.
One of the two suspects threatened to use a handgun before the men walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash from two bank tellers shortly before noon. Nobody was hurt during the robbery, and a handgun was not seen.
Police described the pair as black men wearing sunglasses and dark jackets; one wore a dark cap and the other had a black beanie. One suspect was estimated between 25 and 35 years old, while the other is believed to be 50 to 60. The younger man was described as clean-shaved and about 6 feet 2 inches tall. The older suspect was described as thin, about 6 feet tall and with a week-old beard.
Police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said the descriptions and grainy security photos distributed to newspapers and TV stations prompted a flood of phone calls from residents claiming they’d scene “suspicious-looking” black males in the area.
“We had close to 20 calls (Monday),” Hagan said. “And unfortunately some of the calls weren’t as politically correct as we are.”
Hagan said police were obligated to respond to each call, but that it was unlikely the suspects were still in the area.
“Heaven forbid if we don’t send a car out and it turns out to be them,” Hagan said.
Witnesses said both suspects left the bank and headed toward the Cook’s Corner Mall parking lot.
It was initially reported that the suspects fled in a white sport utility vehicle, but Hagan said that information could not be verified.
Hagan said Bath dispatched a K-9 unit to area, but the dog was unable to track the suspects.
Police are refusing to release the amount of money taken because it could hamper their investigation.
Hagan said police had few leads, but were canvassing local businesses and reviewing security tapes.
Anyone with information about suspects or the incident is asked to contact the Brunswick Police Department at 725-5521. Anonymous tips can be left at 725-6670 ext. 187.

Steve Mistler can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 123 or smistler@theforecaster.net.