Police arrest suspect in 2014 KeyBank robbery



ELLSWORTH — More than four years after an “apologetic” robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the KeyBank in Ellsworth, police have arrested a suspect.

Officers in York County took Kennebunk resident Matthew Lemery into custody “without incident,” Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier wrote in a press release on Thursday. Lemery was booked into York County Jail and charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Class C and Robbery Class B.

Lemery was working for an insulation company out of Hermon and living in Alfred at the time of the Feb. 3, 2014, robbery, according to the press release.

“Over the last 12 months, Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department has dedicated many hours” to the case, Moshier wrote.

Page secured an indictment and a warrant for Lemery’s arrest on April 5, and the 29-year-old man was located shortly thereafter with the help of Detective Michael Hayes of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery made headlines around the region when it occurred in 2014. It was the first such robbery that many local law enforcement officials could recall. Officers also noted that the robber was reportedly contrite during the event.

“He kept apologizing to the teller for robbing the bank,” Page said in an interview with The American that ran the day following the event. “He kept saying over and over he was sorry.”

Page called the behavior “a little unusual.”

The bank was empty of customers at the time, and the man did not threaten anyone or display a weapon, according to reports in The American.

The surveillance video showed a man in a dark-colored extended-cab truck sitting in the L.L. Bean parking lot next door to the bank for 18 minutes before entering the bank and demanding all the cash.

The robber was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, face mask, sunglasses and gloves and put the money into a small, avocado green, soft-sided lunch bag with the word Ryobi on it. Witness reports indicated he drove away alone.

Police took casings of snowy footprints between KeyBank and L.L. Bean after the robbery and reviewed surveillance footage of the incident. To identify the suspect, Page “followed up on several leads from the original investigation,” Moshier wrote.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]