Connecticut Man Sentenced to Nine Years for Robberies
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Seth J. Blewitt, 30, of Oakville, Connecticut was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for bank robbery and armed Hobbs Act robbery. The Hobbs Act makes it a crime to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery. The charges arose from the robberies of a TD Bank branch and a Dollar Tree store. The defendant pleaded guilty on November 30, 2017.
Court records reveal that on May 28, 2017, the defendant robbed a TD Bank branch in Bangor. He entered the bank, approached a teller, and said, “I’m actually robbing you. I want all of your money, no dye packs or GPS trackers.” He was wearing a black knit hat, sunglasses, gloves, and a plaid shirt. The teller complied and the defendant absconded with a bag of cash.
The next day, the defendant robbed the Dollar Tree store in Bangor with a shotgun. He was wearing a mask and sunglasses and he demanded that a cashier open the register. When the cashier said that she could not open the register, he struck the register with the shotgun. The cashier yelled for the manager. The manager opened the register and gave cash to the defendant who absconded with it.
The defendant’s wife, Cara Blewitt, served as the getaway driver for both robberies. Officers from the Bangor Police Department arrested the Blewitts within minutes of the Dollar Tree robbery. On March 26, 2018, Cara Blewitt was sentenced to 33 months for aiding and abetting the robberies.
The investigation was conducted by the Bangor Police Department; the FBI; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.