Vt. man arrested in Ohio for Vt. bank robbery

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BELLOWS FALLS — A Perkinsville man wanted for the robbery of the TD Bank in Bellows Falls last week is awaiting extradition from Ohio, where he was arrested Friday night.

Andrew J. Dillingham, 36, was sleeping in a 2004 BMW X3, which had been stolen in Brattleboro last Tuesday, a day after the Nov. 18 robbery of the downtown Bellows Falls bank.

Ohio State Highway Patrol said Monday they were doing a rest area check in Sandusky County, near the town of Clyde, when a check of the BMW showed it had been stolen out of Vermont earlier in the week.

Dillingham was taken into custody and police discovered he was also wanted for the bank robbery.

Bellows Falls police did not release the amount of money taken in the 2 p.m. incident at TD Bank. No one was hurt in the robbery, and the robber did not display a weapon.

Bank surveillance cameras were able to capture several photographs of the robber, and an arrest warrant was issued late last week.

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Dillingham was held at the Sandusky County Jail and charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Dillingham is alleged to have had hypodermic needles in his possession.

Dillingham has a lengthy criminal record in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In the past several years he has listed addresses that include Brattleboro, Chester, and most recently Perkinsville. He has also lived in Alstead, N.H.

In 2010, Dillingham was convicted of robbing the Walgreens Pharmacy in Keene, N.H., when he jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded oxycontin. He received a 37 month jail sentence, according to reports at the time.

More recently, he was charged in May with operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent in Springfield. In April, he pleaded guilty to larceny under $1,200 in Greenfield, Mass. He was fined a total of $550.

Windham County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Brown declined to say when Dillingham would be extradited back to Vermont to face the bank robbery charges. Lt. Richard Reeder of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Dillingham is slated to be arraigned on the Ohio charges this morning in the Sandusky County Court No. 3. The area where Dillingham was arrested is a rural area, and Reeder said Dillingham was arrested without incident.

Reeder said the Brattleboro car will be processed as part of the Ohio investigation, and once it is completed, it will be released back to its Vermont owner.

Bellows Falls Police Sgt. Mario Checchi is working with other police agencies in multiple states in regards to Dillingham's criminal activity. The case remains open and anyone who has information is urged to contact Checchi at the Bellows Falls Police Department at 802 463-1234, or leave a tip on the BFPD tip line, 802 463-2373.


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