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May 11. 2014 8:15PM

Portsmouth man who robbed bank, fled on bike gets prison sentence

BRENTWOOD — A Portsmouth man who robbed a local bank and pedaled away with a $100 in $1 bills was sentenced to 2 to 7 years in state prison.

Jamie Pointer, 28, of Ledgewood Drive, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court to a single count of robbery.

He struck a negotiated agreement with county prosecutors to plead guilty instead of heading to trial on the charge, which is punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison.

Pointer walked into the Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank in Portsmouth last Sept. 27 and passed a note to a teller that read, “armed men would take the building by force” if he was not given money, according to an indictment.

Pointer apparently didn’t get away with much cash. The bank clerk handed over $100 in one dollar bills to Pointer before he fled, according to Assistant County Attorney Karen Springer.

Pointer fled the bank and rode away on a bicycle.

Portsmouth police had video footage of Pointer inside the bank and additional footage of him fleeing on the bicycle, Springer said.

A witness had also told police that they had seen a man that matched Pointer’s description changing his clothes downtown.

“By chance, someone happened to see him change his clothes,” Springer said.

A police detective thought she recognized Pointer as someone familiar to law enforcement, Springer said. The detective went by Pointer’s home and later executed a search warrant at his residence, Springer said.

Pointer was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury in January. He has been held at the Rockingham County jail since his arrest. As part of his sentence, he was also required to undergo any counseling and treatment deemed appropriate by the Department of Corrections while serving his prison term.

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