NH man gets prison time for Bellows Falls robbery
By KAITLIN MULHERE
Keene Sentinel | January 26,2013
BRATTLEBORO — A Swanzey, N.H., man was sentenced to serve up to 30 years in prison for his role in a Bellows Falls bank robbery last year.
Gerald J. Clough, 31, and his alleged accomplice Chad Dustin, of Keene, N.H., made off with $6,136 from People’s United Bank on Atkinson Street in February, according to court documents.
Clough was charged with grand larceny and providing a false report to police. He also faced a charge of aiding in the commission of a felony for an unrelated incident.
Clough pleaded guilty last fall to the grand larceny charge. On Thursday in Brattleboro criminal court, Judge David Suntag sentenced Clough to 5 to 28 years in prison for that charge.
Clough told police during an interview last year that he met Dustin at the bank, with Clough approaching the teller and Dustin standing lookout, according to a police affidavit.
Clough also pleaded guilty and received a one-to-two-year consecutive sentence for the false report charge, which stemmed from a phone call made to police 15 minutes before the robbery in which an anonymous caller, later identified as Dustin, reported armed men were headed to Bellows Falls Union High School, according to the affidavit. Police said the call was intended to divert officers away from the bank.
Finally, Clough pleaded no contest to larceny from a person, which was amended down from the original charge of aiding in the commission of a felony for a gas station robbery in Bellows Falls last year. He received an 18-to-20-year suspended sentence with an indefinite probation period for the larceny from a person charge, according to a court clerk.
Dustin, the alleged accomplice, is awaiting trial for his charges, as is Amber Monty of Bellows Falls, who police say was Clough’s girlfriend at the time of the bank robbery and helped the two men.
Police say after Clough and Dustin robbed the bank, they drove to Nashua, N.H., where they stayed for two days and made several trips to Lawrence, Mass., to buy cocaine and heroin, according to court documents.
Clough has an extensive criminal record, including serving prison time in connection with a 2007 bank robbery on Court Street in Keene. He also has past convictions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Florida for possession of heroin, forgery, theft, escape, possession of cocaine and larceny from a person.