Police released this security camera image from the Meredith Village Savings Bank to media. (Courtesy image)
By DAVID CARKHUFF/THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Police are looking for a man and a woman suspected of robbing the Meredith Village Savings Bank at 379 S. Main St. Wednesday morning.
On Jan. 11 at a minute after 10 a.m., Laconia police responded to the bank for a reported robbery, according to a department press release.
A preliminary investigation conducted by the responding units and the Bureau of Criminal investigations revealed that two subjects entered the bank, police reported. A slender-built white female with a gray hooded sweatshirt approached the counter and handed a note to the teller demanding cash, police said. The other subject was described as a "light-skinned black male subject, approximately 45 years old," police said.
Both subjects fled the area on foot in a southerly direction on South Main Street with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Police are continuing to follow leads from surveillance cameras and tips from the public. Anyone with any information can contact the Laconia Police at 603-524-5252.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to bank personnel.
The woman police are looking for is Kristi Riley, 31, of 102 Province St., Laconia who is white, 5 feet 6 inches, about 170 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair.
Also sought is Chaka Meredith, 41, of 461 Elm St., Laconia, a black man who is 5 feet inches, about 200 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Warrants are out for the arrest of both.
Meredith Village Savings Bank, at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, reported on Facebook, "Thank you to all of you for your support after today's robbery in our Laconia branch office. We wanted to let the public know that no one was hurt. We are very grateful for the actions of the staff in that office and the immediate and strong support of the local police. Should you feel you have any information, please contact the Laconia Police Department. The Laconia branch has re-opened for drive-up business only. We believe the office will open for regular hours tomorrow."
A sign on the locked door of the bank Wednesday notified customers that the drive-through remained open but that the lobby was closed.
Police have responded to other bank robberies in the area in the past four years.
On Jan. 3, 2014, around 3:25 p.m., police investigated a bank robbery at the Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant St. An investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Johnathan C. Ellinger. Ellinger ultimately was captured and sentenced to a 3- to 6-year sentence for armed robbery.
On Oct. 10, 2013, around 4:34 p.m., the Meredith Village Savings Bank, Alton Branch was robbed. A single suspect entered the bank and brandished a handgun. While holding a bank employee at gunpoint, the suspect jumped over the counter and emptied the teller drawers, fleeing the scene with an unknown amount of cash. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Marvin Eugene Ansteth, Jr., 40, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to armed bank robbery charges. The charges arise from the armed bank robberies of Peoples United Bank in Exeter on Oct. 7, 2013; of Meredith Village Savings Bank in Alton, on Oct. 10, 2013; and of Kennebunk Savings in Eliot, Maine, on Oct. 19, 2013.
Police are investigating a Wednesday morning robbery of the Meredith Village Savings Bank at 379 S. Main St., Laconia. Suspects are a man and woman, who fled on foot, police said. (David Carkhuff/The Laconia Daily Sun)