Man charged for Maine bank heist

LISBON – A man arrested by the FBI at his East Lincoln Way apartment in November could spend 20 years in federal prison if he pleads guilty to robbing a Maine bank.

Richard D. Gooding, 38, formerly of Salineville, is accused of stealing $1,543 from the Bangor Savings Bank in Portland on Nov. 13.

He was charged this week in the U.S. Northern District Court for the unarmed robbery. A plea date has not been set, but he is expected to plead guilty during a hearing assigned to U.S. Magistrate George Limbert in Youngstown.

If the plea goes through Gooding will be sentenced by Judge Christopher Boyko in Cleveland. In a court filing by his attorney, Thomas E. Delahanty II, Gooding had asked for the case to remain in Ohio instead of being transferred back to Maine and indicated he planned on pleading guilty to the charge.

Authorities connected Gooding to the robbery after receiving reports from a cab driver who had heard about the incident over the radio, and a motel clerk who recognized him from a bank surveillance photo.

Gooding had taken the cab to the Greyhound station to come back to Lisbon and had reportedly told the driver he was from Youngstown and paid him $20 for the $9 fare, telling him to keep the change.

Prior to leaving Maine, he stayed in a hotel for a few days where he registered using his actual identity. The motel clerk told authorities she recognized him from the surveillance photo because he had been wearing the same sweatshirt with “ECKO 72” emblazoned on the front.

The sweater, along with a winter cap, worn by the suspect, was found by a police dog in the bank parking lot.