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Police in Maine say bank robber used dad as unwitting getaway driver

Posted at 9:26 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 09:26:05-04

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — It's the kind of move that could make a father ground his son. But in this case, the authorities will likely take care of the punishment.

Police in Maine say a man robbed a bank — using his unwitting dad as the getaway driver.

Police in Lewiston say it went down this way: Keith Tilton dropped his 39-year-old son off at a bank Tuesday afternoon — believing his son needed to cash a check. They say when he emerged with cash, it wasn't from a check — but from a robbery.

Police say Joseph Donald Tilton made off with $620. Meanwhile, his father dropped off his son in a different part of town, and later drove by the bank where the theft took place. It was there that police using the description of the getaway car, stopped the vehicle.

The Sun Journal reports Joseph Tilton is charged with felony robbery. But authorities didn't charge his dad, since police don't think he knew what was going on.