A 47-year-old Greyhound bus driver who was charged with a bank robbery Tuesday in Maine has also been charged with a May 27 bank robbery in Rhode Island, and authorities say they are investigating whether he is the so-called "Burly Bandit" who they believe committed nine other bank heists in three other states.
Robert Ferguson was arrested Wednesday for allegedly robbing the Bangor Savings Bank in Orono, Maine, on Tuesday. Authorities said today he is also being charged with the May 27 robbery at the Pawtucket Federal Credit Union in Warwick, R.I.
The latter crime was one of 10 recent bank heists the FBI announced Tuesday that it believed were related. Other robberies occurred in various communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
"Mr. Ferguson had been charged with the bank robbery in Warwick, and we'll continue to investigate whether he's connected to those other bank robberies," said Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz.
Ferguson was ordered held without bail on Wednesday at a hearing before US Magistrate Judge Margaret J. Kravchuk in federal court in Bangor. Another hearing was slated for Monday, according to court records.
In a sworn statement filed in support of the charge against Ferguson, an FBI agent said that a search of Ferguson's bus the day after the robbery uncovered a blue bag containing wrapped currency found in an electrical panel in the bottom storage area of the bus.
The FBI described the "Burly Bandit" as a white man in his late 40s to early 50s, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds.
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