Bank Robberies on the Rise? 

The number of bank robberies in Maine is up this year.Last month’s holdup at the Maine Education Credit Union in Augusta was the seventh bank robbery along the Interstate 295 corridor since November.The Kennebec Journal newspaper reports that in addition to the seven robberies in the central Maine area, there have been robberies in Parsonfield, Portland and Auburn.There were 14 bank robberies in 2005, which more than doubled the six robberies of 2004, according to the Department of Public Safety. The number of bank robberies nearly doubled again in 2006, to 27, and fell back to 12 in 2007.