Arrests made in Alton bank robbery case


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
November 26, 2013
ALTON — Alton Police Chief Ryan Heath issued a press release announcing the arrests of two men connected to a bank robbery at the Meredith Village Savings Bank in October.

Two men were arrested and charged in the U.S. District Court in Portland, Maine. The two men were identified as Phillip Gage, 46, and Marvin Eugene Ansteth Jr., 40, both from Somersworth.

Gage is believed to be the suspect who entered the bank and brandished a handgun. While holding a bank employee at gunpoint, he jumped over the counter and emptied the teller drawers.

Ansteth is believed to be the getaway driver who waiting on Range Road behind the bank. Both men have been charged with bank robbery and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Heath reported that the Alton Police Department developed a solid lead with regard to the robbery earlier in the month. Detective Jason Tremblay of the APD worked with other local and federal agencies and was able to identify two suspects involved in the robbery and recover several key pieces of evidence.

Heath thanked the agencies involved in the case and thanked them for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation.

The robbery occurred at the Meredith Village Savings Bank located next to Hannaford's at approximately 4:34 p.m. on Oct. 10. The suspect robbed the bank by gunpoint and then fled on food and was picked up at the back of the bank in a silver four-door sedan.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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