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Halfway house inmate charged with robbing credit union

June 02. 2014 8:44PM

MANCHESTER — A New Hampshire State Prison inmate assigned to a Lowell Street halfway house is accused of robbing the Northeast Credit Union on Wilson Street last Friday, while police continue to search for a man who robbed a West Side bank the same day.

Douglas Ellison, 43, who was residing at the Calumet House, 126 Lowell St., was arrested shortly after the 4 p.m. robbery by officers who tracked him to a Wilson Street address, where he was found in a bedroom smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine, police said.Credit union video surveillance recorded him about 4 p.m. Friday as he entered the facility, walked directly to a teller window and demanded cash, saying he had a gun although no weapon was seen, according to investigators.Police say Ellison left the bank on foot but was seen leaving in a tan SUV which officer Jon Duchesne spotted traveling on Hayward Street. After stopping the vehicle, Duchesne learned the man who allegedly robbed the credit union could be found at a nearby Wilson Street apartment building.Ellison is charged with robbery and resisting arrest.Police continue to search for a second man who Friday morning allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank at 7 McGregor St.That man entered the bank brandishing a handgun and ordered everyone to the floor, threatening to shoot anyone who did not comply, according to police.He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.The alleged robber is described as a black man, 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-3, with a thin build. He wore a tan jacket, a brown and green camouflage baseball hat and dark, mirrored sunglasses.

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