Brattleboro bomb threat robbery linked to Ludlow bank robber

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BRATTLEBORO — A Weathersfield man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Ludlow was arrested Sunday at 3:02 a.m.

Vermont State Police said Matthew Martin, 31, surrendered without incident. He was wanted on several warrants in Vermont and New Hampshire. Weathersfield Police Department assisted in the arrest.

Late on Sunday night, the Brattleboro Police Department issued a press release stating Martin was also a suspect in the robbery of People's United Bank on Main Street on Dec. 14.

Responding officers learned that during the course of the robbery the suspect threatened to detonate a bomb inside the building. The subject left a suspicious item inside the bank after robbing it of an undisclosed amount of money. The Vermont State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team determined the item left behind was not explosive.

A People's United Bank in Wilmington was robbed earlier that day, but whether or not Martin was responsible for that crime as well has not been determined.

More details of Martin's actions in Brattleboro are expected to be released on Monday, Dec. 28.

On Dec. 21, police were notified of a bank robbery at the Heritage Family Credit Union on 198 Main Street in Ludlow. Security camera footage and witness statements led police to identify Martin as the suspect.

Martin was also wanted for a bank robbery in Loudon, N.H. He was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 1 to be sentenced for three robberies including a gas station in Ludlow and two banks in Springfield, but that day he allegedly robbed the Mascoma Savings Bank in Charlestown, N.H.

Martin, a convicted bank robber, is being lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility. His alleged drug habits are believed to be fueling his crimes, according to reports. He was also wanted in Rhode Island.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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