S. Portland man arrested in Bank of America robbery

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A 70-year-old South Portland man has been charged with robbery after police say he stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the Bank of America on Philbrook Avenue.

Donald C. Sturton was arrested shortly after the crime was reported March 7 and was in possession of a small amount of cash and a toy firearm when he was taken into custody, according to a media release from South Portland Police. He has been charged with robbery, a crime punishable by up to 10 years, and remained at Cumberland County Jail on Friday morning.

South Portland Police received a call around 3:30 p.m. from Bank of America to report it had just been robbed. The male robber said he had a firearm, although one was never actually displayed. He made off with a small amount of cash and fled to the parking lot, according to police.

Investigators said bank employees were instrumental in securing the crime scene, notifying police and giving responders an accurate description of the suspect so they could be on the lookout when they arrived at the bank.

One of the first responding police officers said he saw the suspect in the Maine Mall parking lot, near JC Penney. Due to Sturton possibly being armed he was quickly and safely taken into custody, said police.

Juliette Laaka can be reached at 781-3661, ext. 106 or jlaaka@theforecaster.net.