Portland police nab suspect 9 minutes after heist

11:12 AM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A man police say robbed a Portland bank was on the run for just nine minutes.

Officers responded to the Key Bank in Monument Square just after 2 p.m. Tuesday after a teller called to report a robbery. The teller said a man handed over a note demanding money, then fled east on Congress Street with $1,000.

A description of the suspect was broadcast to officers in the area.

Just about nine minutes later, an officer on patrol noticed a man matching the robber's description. Police arrested 49-year-old Joseph Blais of Portland after finding $1,000 wrapped in a bank band on him along with other evidence linking him to the robbery.

No weapon was used and no one was hurt.

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