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Castleton couple arrested for series of bank robberies

Jill Ludwig and John Maynard

Jill Ludwig and John Maynard

POULTNEY — A Castleton couple was arrested Wednesday in connection with three bank robberies in Vermont and two in Granville, NY.

The female suspect was identified as Jill Ludwig, 30. Ludwig had been employed as an advertising representative for the Rutland-based Green Mountain Outlook newspaper.

The male suspect was identified as John Maynard, 30, according to police reports. The couple were living together in Castleton while robbing banks to support a heroin habit, police said.

The pair were arrested after an eye witness took down Ludwig’s license plate number following her latest robbery Nov. 2 at Citizen’s Bank, located at 177 Main Street in Poultney, VT.

According to police, bank officials advised that a lone female subject entered the bank shortly after 3 p.m. wearing a hooded sweatshirt and presented a note to the teller demanding money. The teller turned over an unspecified amount of money and the suspect fled.

Uniformed troopers arrived, along with detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

State police personnel canvassed the area and spoke to a local barber who advised that he observed a suspicious female park her car at the Stewarts Shop and head toward the bank through a back alleyway. He then observed the same woman several minutes later return to her car with a bag that was emanating purple smoke from an exploded “dye pack” the teller had included with the money. The female then drove away in a hurry.

The barber was able to get the license plate and provided it to the troopers. The couple was arrested shortly thereafter at 4:45 p.m. at a restaurant on Route 4A in Castleton after police located her black Ford Taurus that was seen leaving the Poultney bank after the robbery.

Information and evidence was gathered during the investigation that linked the couple to two bank robberies in New York State and three in Vermont. The Vermont robberies occurred in Rutland Town, West Rutland and, yesterday’s incident, in Poultney.

In New York, the duo allegedly hit the same bank — TD Bank — twice in four days, reportedly stealing a total of $4,600.

Bank surveillance video shows each of the suspects entering and exiting the branch, police said.

Both suspects were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Nov. 3, in Rutland District Court to answer to the charges of assault and three counts robbery.

They will then face charges in the Granville cases in Washington County, NY, police said.

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