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$10,000 Reward To ID Robber

Claremont Bank, Police Ask for Help

In a surveillance photograph provided by the Claremont Police Department, a man is shown robbing the One Credit Union branch in Claremont on Oct. 11, 2013. (Courtesy Claremont Police Department)

In a surveillance photograph provided by the Claremont Police Department, a man is shown robbing the One Credit Union branch in Claremont on Oct. 11, 2013. (Courtesy Claremont Police Department)

Claremont — The Route 12 credit union that was robbed earlier this month is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and a conviction.

Meanwhile, the Claremont Police Department continues to seek the public’s help in identifying the suspect from the Oct. 11 robbery at One Credit Union. On Friday, officials released surveillance video image showing the suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, walking through the bank lobby and placing a tote bag on the counter.

Capt. Mark Chase said police decided against releasing the screen shots immediately after the robbery so that they could first try to advance the investigation as far as possible.

“We wanted to get as much as we could before the public had it so we could use it for investigative purposes,” he said.

Chase said a “number of people” have called to alert police to suspicious vehicles or seemed to match the description of one that might have been used in the robbery, but so far, they have not identified a suspect.

The robbery occurred on a Friday morning shortly before noon, and prompted a shutdown of the credit union and nearby HeadStart day care through most of the afternoon. State police, the county sheriff and FBI were brought in to help with the search after the suspect ran across Route 12, through the day care parking lot, and into an adjacent neighborhood before he disappeared.

Chase previously told the Valley News that during the robbery the suspect “showed signs” of possessing a black handgun and demanded money, and that tellers complied with his commands. Chase declined on Friday to say how much money was stolen.

Police have described the suspect as a white male in his 30s, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 with an “average” build, with brown hair and eyebrows. He has a diagonal scar on his forehead ending above his left eyebrow and a deep voice.

Chase declined to say what the suspect may have said during the robbery.

He was wearing dark clothes during the incident, including a dark ski mask and gloves. He was also wearing dark shoes, blue jeans, a winter coat and a light colored hoodie.

A vehicle that was “possibly involved” in the robbery is described as a dark burgundy or dark brown four-door sedan with tinted windows, black walled tires and aluminum rims. The car has a trunk, no spoiler and is a model from within the past 10 years.

A voicemail seeking comment from bank officials on Friday was not returned.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Claremont Police Department at 603-542-9538.