Two NH men charged with summer bank robberies in Merrimack

Two men charged with robbing Merrimack banks in separate heists were indicted by a grand jury this month.

John Robert Griffin, 53, of 186 South Main St., Newport, was indicted on two counts of robbery and one count each of theft by unauthorized taking and carrying a concealed firearm without a license, according to court records.

Griffin is charged with donning a Barack Obama mask and robbing the Bank of America in the Shaw’s plaza at 356 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack around 10:30 a.m., Sept. 11, according to the indictments.

The grand jury also indicted Frank Mione, a Milford man charged with robbing the TD Bank at 300 Daniel Webster Highway on Aug. 21 while armed with a shotgun. He is charged with armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

Police said Mione also was wanted by New York authorities for his alleged role as a getaway driver in a series of high-profile bank robberies in Manhattan.

Indictments are not a finding of guilt. They are simply the grand jury’s determination that prosecutors have enough evidence to move a case to the superior court level.

Griffin and Mione are charged with two of the three bank robberies in Merrimack this summer. Police still are looking for the culprit of a June 14 robbery at the People’s United Bank at Pennichuck Square.

Griffin was arrested shortly after his alleged heist, when police found him fleeing to a nearby car. Based on witness accounts, police determined the man had fled on foot heading north. Lt. Paul Trepanney staked out Columbia Circle and spotted Griffin coming out of the woods to the north of the bank. Griffin was arrested on the spot, police said.

Mione was arrested about a week after the robbery at the TD Bank branch and was held on $250,000 cash bail after his
arraignment at Merrimack district court.

Employees there said, and surveillance video showed, a man wearing a striped shirt and a black baseball hat walked into the bank, leveled a shotgun at two tellers, and demanded money.

Merrimack Police Lt. Denise Roy said residents began calling in anonymous tips immediately after the TD Bank robbery was publicized by The Telegraph and other news outlets. She said investigators found similarities between the Merrimack robbery and bank robberies in New York.

Police in New York had been searching for Mione for his alleged role as the driver for Maverick Madore. Madore, a 20-year-old New Hampshire man, is accused in a string of bank robberies in midtown Manhattan that ended in a failed getaway on foot through the Lincoln Tunnel, according to reports.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached
at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua