February 18

District Attorney: Alleged Bingham hammer robber spent bank takings on drugs

Travis Carrigan didn’t enter a plea on two counts of armed robbery after police say he robbed two banks armed with a carpenter’s hammer, getting away with $8,000.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN — A Bingham man charged with robbing two banks while armed with a carpenter’s hammer used all the money taken in the robberies — more than $8,000 — to buy drugs, according to the district attorney.

Travis A. Carrigan allegedly made off with more than $5,000 in cash Jan. 17 from Camden National Bank and $3,600 in cash Feb. 4 at Skowhegan Savings Bank, both on Main Street in Bingham, according to newly filed court documents.

“Unfortunately, none of the money was recovered,” District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Tuesday.

Carrigan, 35, of Murray Street and also on court paperwork as living on Garfield Street in Madison, was arraigned Friday in Skowhegan District Court. He did not enter a plea to the charges.

Bail was set at $250,000 cash.

Carrigan will be in jail for at least the next month. He was out on personal recognizance bail on a license suspension charge to which he had pleaded not guilty, and the judge is entertaining the district attorney’s motion that bail be revoked because of the robbery charges. A hearing on that, as well as a hearing on the robbery charges, is scheduled for March 26.

His bail status can be reviewed by a judge once he gets a lawyer. Carrigan can apply for a court-appointed attorney as soon as he completes the paperwork at the jail, a court clerk said Tuesday.

No one answered the phone Tuesday at a number listed under the name “Carrigan” on Garfield Street in Madison.

Carrigan is charged with two counts of armed robbery, class A felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and a $50,000 fine on each count. He also is charged with two counts of violating the conditions of release on the October charge of operating after suspension. His driver’s license was suspended because of a previous operating under the influence conviction, according to court records.

In both robberies, a lone man wearing gloves and a mask and wielding a hammer threatened the bank tellers and demanded money, according to court documents. No one was injured in either robbery.

Along U.S. Route 201 in Madison, about 20 miles south of Bingham, police on Thursday found a hammer they believe to be the weapon used in the robberies.

Dale Lancaster, chief deputy of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, would not say how police knew where to look for the hammer — which is the type carpenters use for framing, and is bigger and heavier than a household hammer — or whether Carrigan told them where it was.

Carrigan acted alone, police said, and used the same getaway car, a 1997 Buick Lesabre, in both robberies.

Lancaster said Carrigan admitted robbing the banks after he was picked up for questioning last Wednesday and taken to the sheriff’s office in East Madison, where he later was arrested. He told investigators he had spent the money on drugs, according to the court documents.

Somerset sheriff’s detectives viewed surveillance camera footage of the robberies and released a composite drawing from both of them before Carrigan was arrested.

A hearing on the robbery charges also has been scheduled for March 26. His case could go to trial in May.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367 dharlow@centralmaine.com Twitter: @Doug_Harlow
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