N.H. Man Indicted in Two Claremont Bank Heists
Newport — A Claremont man who is being held on drug charges in Massachusetts was indicted Friday by a Sullivan County Grand Jury for armed robbery at two Claremont banks.
James Oberfeldt, 30, was indicted for robbing One Credit Union on Charlestown Road Oct. 11 and Claremont Savings Banks on Maple Avenue on Nov. 26. Police have said he is also a suspect in the Nov. 20 Lebanon bank robbery.
According to the indictments, in both Claremont robberies Oberfeldt entered the bank wearing a mask and carrying a bag. When he approached the teller he took what appeared to be a pistol from the bag, brandished it in a threatening manner and demanded money. He fled on foot both times with an undisclosed amount of cash and was able to escape before police arrived.
After Oberfeldt was identified as the suspect in both robberies following his arrest Dec. 7 in Holyoke, Mass., Claremont Police said he was a BB gun made to look like a 9mm pistol during the alleged robberies.
Oberfeldt has a court date in Holyoke District Court on Jan. 7 to answer several charges including cocaine and heroin possession.
If convicted on the bank robbery charges he faces seven and a half to 15 years and a $4,000 fine on each count.
Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said on Friday an indictment before an arrest is not typical but it is also not uncommon.
“A grand jury is a place to bring evidence for probable cause,” Hathaway said. “The Claremont Police developed information necessary to support the charges and we felt it was appropriate to do so at this time.”
Also indicted Friday were Kevin and Ashley Blood of Hanover Street in Claremont. The couple, both 25, are charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault and the production of child pornography involving two children. The alleged crimes took place on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 at the couple’s home, according to police.
Kevin Blood was indicted on six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of producing child pornography. His wife was indicted on two counts of child pornography production and one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
The sexual assault charge carries a 10- to 20-year sentence with a $4,000 fine, and each pornography charge has a potential sentence of 15 to 30 years and a $4,000 fine.
The Bloods are being held without bail at the Sullivan County House of Corrections. They were arrested and charged Dec. 5 following an 11-day investigation by police that began when the adults who have custody of the victims in another town contacted their local police department.
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