Somersworth men arrested for Alton bank robbery

ALTON — Police Chief Ryan Heath said yesterday that two men who are alleged to have robbed the Meredith Village Savings Bank at gunpoint on October 10 have been arrested.

Heath said Phillip Gage, 46, and Marvin Eugene Ansteth Jr., 40, both of Somersworth, have been arrested by federal authorities and charged in the U.S. District Court, District of Maine in Portland.

Police said that Gage is the alleged man who entered the bank while Ansteth is alleged to have been driving the get-away car and waiting on Range Road.

The MVSB Branch is on 82 Wolfeboro Highway next to the Hannaford Supermarket.

Authorities believe Gage entered the brand and 4:34 p.m. and brandished a handgun. While holding one employee at gunpoint, he allegedly jumped over the counter and emptied the teller drawers, fleeing initially on foot.

Heath said both will be prosecuted by federal authorities.