Police arrest Brunswick man for bank robbery

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BRUNSWICK — Police Tuesday charged a Brunswick man with robbing a Maine Street bank the afternoon of Feb. 18.

Benjamin Lamphere, 20, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and charged with Class A felony robbery, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Brunswick police went to a Bank of Maine branch at 137 Maine St. just after 2 p.m. Feb. 18, after employees reported a white man in his mid-20s pointed a gun at a teller and demanded cash before fleeing on foot, Brunswick police Cmdr. Mark Waltz said at the time.

Police would not disclose how much cash was taken. No one was injured during the incident.

On Feb. 19, police released a photo of the robbery taken from security camera footage. The photo showed a man pointing a gun at a teller. Waltz said the man left the scene in a car that appeared to be a Saab.

Police investigated the crime with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maine State Police crime lab, Brunswick Detective Sgt. Martin Rinaldi said Tuesday. He credited the “excellent security measures of the Bank of Maine and the detailed observation of the teller” in large part for the arrest.

Rinaldi said a gun was used in the robbery but declined to release additional information because of an ongoing investigation.

Lamphere was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland, where he is being held on $20,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on April 2.

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Brunswick police last week released a security camera photo of the man they say robbed The Bank of Maine.