‘Burly Bandit’ Bagged

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BOSTON – A 47-year-old Greyhound bus driver from Lowell, Mass., who was charged with a bank robbery Tuesday in Maine, has also been charged with a May 27 robbery at Pawtucket CU in Rhode Island, and authorities believe he may be the husky suspect sought in as many as 12 New England heists over the past three months.

Robert Ferguson was arrested Wednesday for allegedly robbing Bangor Savings Bank in Orono, Maine, on Tuesday. The FBI said 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 robber, dubbed the “Burly Bandit,” is believed responsible for a string of heists in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including at Digital CU in Tyngsboro, Mass., on May 5, Pawtucket CU in Warwick, R.I., on May 27, and at Rockland FCU in North Attleboro, Mass., on May 27.

The robber’s trademark is wearing a different accessory to conceal his face in each instance. Those disguises have included sunglasses, a wig, a cowboy hat, and, in Darien's case, a yarmulke.

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