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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Monday, June 29, 2015

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

          CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith announced that James Oberfeldt, 31, of Claremont, New Hampshire, appeared in United States District Court today and pled guilty to robbing three banks in October and November of 2013 in violation of federal law.

          Oberfeldt pled guilty to robbing the One Credit Union in Claremont, New Hampshire on October 11, 2013, The Lake Sunapee Bank in Lebanon, New Hampshire on November 20, 2013 and the Claremont Savings Bank in Claremont, New Hampshire on November 26, 2013.  In each of the bank robberies, Oberfeldt wore a dark face mask and carried an air pistol which appeared to be an automatic handgun.

          The defendant was identified after being arrested in Massachusetts on December 7, 2013 on other charges after a traffic stop.  At the time of his arrest, Massachusetts State Police recovered an air pistol, dark ski mask and several items of clothing in the car driven by Oberfeldt.  The clothes and gun were consistent with those of the bank robber, as seen on a surveillance video from the Claremont Savings Bank.  Finger prints taken from the door of that bank were tested by the FBI’s Forensic Laboratory and found to match Oberfeldt’s.

          The defendant faces a maximum prison term of twenty years on each count and will be sentenced on October 5, 2015.

          This case was investigated by the Claremont Police Department, the Lebanon Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the Holyoke, Massachusetts Police.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation aided in the investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon.

Updated June 30, 2015