ALTON — Police Det. Jason Tremblay has been honored by the United States Attorney's Office of Maine for his work in solving a series of five armed bank robberies in Maine and New Hampshire.
Along with the robbery of the Meredith Village Savings Bank in Alton on October 10, 2013, there were four others — one in Somersworth and three in Maine all within weeks of each other.
Two of the Maine robberies were "take over" robberies — one in which one of the robbers brandished a large revolver and one in which the armed robber jumped over the teller counter threatening the people working behind it.
Tremblay worked with federal, state, and local police to determined who committed the robberies. All four people, three men and a woman were apprehended and the two revolvers used in the robberies were confiscated.
All of those involved were each sentenced to more than 35 years in federal prison and a total of $65,000 was ordered as restitution.
"This case is a superior example of how cooperation and coordination of investigation by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels from multiple jurisdictions will bring violent criminals to justice and remove them from our street for the protection of the citizens in Maine and New Hampshire," said Asst. U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark of the Maine District.
"As chief, I am proud to have Det. Tremblay as part of the Alton Police Department, " said Chief Ryan Heath. "He exemplifies the hard work and dedication the citizens of Alton expect and deserve in a police officer."
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