WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A masked robber entered the Mascoma Bank on Maple Street just after 2 p.m. on Monday and made off with an undetermined amount of money after he implied that he had a gun.
Police swarmed the area around the intersection of Routes 4, 5, and 14 at the base of Schoolhouse Hill as local schools, including the elementary school on neighboring Pine Street and the Hartford Middle and High Schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown.
The robber, who was described in initial reports as a skinny white male wearing a black hoodie and some sort of orange ski mask, was spotted running across the front parking lot of the Cota & Cota fuel oil dealership and then into the residential neighborhood bordered by Barnes Avenue.
Hartford Police officers were quickly joined by units from Lebanon, Norwich and the Vermont State Police which sent a tracking dog and several troopers to assist.
Police released this security camera photo taken at the bank of the suspect
Police were also looking into the possibility that the robber may have gotten into a vehicle on a nearby side street.
A state police canine starts tracking the suspect's trail at the front of the bank
Hartford Police Sgt. Jason Pedro looks for the suspect's footprints next to Cota & Cota
A detective arrives at the front door with investigative equipment
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