Pair indicted in Bangor burglaries

Posted Feb. 26, 2009, at 9:40 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two Houlton residents who came to town last month and allegedly went on a burglary spree were indicted Thursday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

The grand jury was unable to convene Monday because of the snowstorm, so its monthly session was rescheduled.

Jessi L. Polchies, 24, and Ryan S. Varney, 27, each were indicted on of two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, theft of services and misuse of identification.

The pair first were charged with burglary after they were caught about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, stealing cash from an office of Maliseet Gardens on Oak Street, according to a story previously published in the Bangor Daily News. It later was learned that the two also may have taken an apartment key.

At 10:15 p.m. that same day, police returned to the apartment complex to talk with a resident who reported that her apartment was burglarized and that items from her purse, including credit cards, were missing, according to Bangor police.

While talking to her bank to put a hold on the credit cards, the resident was informed that someone had attempted to use the card at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road.

Police went to the Ramada and found Polchies and Varney in a room allegedly rented with the stolen card and arrested them on charges of burglary of a residence.

Both also are charged with misuse of identification, theft of services and theft by unauthorized taking.

Bail for Varney, who is from Houlton but who is listed as a Bangor transient, and Polchies was set in 3rd District Court in Bangor on Jan. 22 at $4,000 cash or $40,000 surety.

Varney has been released on bail, and Polchies remains unable to make bail at Penobscot County Jail, a jail official said Thursday.

If convicted of the most serious charge, burglary to a residence, a Class B crime, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

In an unrelated case, a fourth person was indicted Thursday in connection with the Halloween night robbery of the Family Dollar store in Brewer.

Charles Dion, 20, of Brewer, who was an employee of the store, was indicted on charges of robbery and theft by unauthorized taking.

Last month, the grand jury indicted Jesse D. Hatch, 19, of Eddington, Jason A. Goodin, 20, of Holden and Raeleigh Hill, 18, of Eddington on the same charges. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Dion and the others are free on bail.

Two men wearing masks entered the store at the Brewer Shopping Center about 7:20 p.m. Oct. 31, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt told the BDN in November.

At least one was armed with a knife when they approached the front cash registers and demanded cash, Moffitt said.

About $2,500 was taken in the robbery that Dion allegedly set up, Greg Campbell, assistant attorney for Penobscot County, said Thursday.

If convicted of the more serious charge of robbery, each faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up $50,000.

All 39 people indicted by the grand jury are scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, in Penobscot County Superior Court.

Tammie Allen, 34, Glenburn, three counts unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Peter Badger, 49, Charleston, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Sherry L. Bedard, 35, Levant, operating after revocation.

Heather Braley, 24, aka Heather Clark and Heather Williams, Bangor, assault, three counts theft by unauthorized taking, two counts violation of condition of release.

Jermey G. Burrill, 27, Exeter, operating after revocation, leaving scene of property damage accident.

Seth Carlisle, 29, Levant, nine counts unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual touching.

Austin G. Chapa, 22, Bangor, burglary, stealing drugs, trafficking in prison contraband, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Chad M. Charters, 23, Stetson, eluding officer, operating after revocation, criminal trespass.

Scott M. Cookson, 23, Brewer, two counts possession of sexually explicit materials, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Stephen J. Crews, 44, Orono, criminal operating under influence of intoxicants, operating beyond license condition or restriction, refusing to submit to arrest, failure to appear.

Antonio Cruz, aka Antonio Burgos, 29, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Derrick A. Day, 23, Bangor, robbery.

Shane Demarco, 50, Passadumkeag, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Jeffrey Denis, 28, Bangor, three counts burglary, three counts theft by unauthorized taking, stealing drugs.

David C. Dunphy, 26, Hermon, aggravated criminal operating under influence of intoxicants.

Terrence R. Durel, 28, Brewer, four counts aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Jonathan Gaudet, 27, Bangor, five counts negotiating worthless instrument.

Kenneth Giardi, 22, Bangor, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, illegal importation of scheduled drugs.

Ronald E. Gray, 51, Waterville, criminal operating under influence of intoxicants, operating after suspension, failure to appear.

Chauncey R. Hulbert, 25, Old Town, theft by unauthorized taking.

Lori Hummer-Sirois, 39, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Brian Kuzina, 27, Levant, assault.

Albert A. Lavigne Jr., 45, Bangor, failure to appear.

Carmine D. Licata, 38, Glenburn, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

David Limacher, 41, Eddington, criminal operating under influence of intoxicants, operating beyond license condition or restriction.

Dawn M. Moores, 23, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Anthony Noyes, 29, Bangor, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Peter H. Oliver, 32, Greenbush, failure to appear.

Sierra Perry, 20, Bangor, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, illegal importation of scheduled drugs.

Jacob I. Shuman, 19, Milford, theft by unauthorized taking.

Michael St. Pierre, 39, Springfield, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating after suspension.

Matthew J. Tardiff, 21, Old Town, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal operating under influence of intoxicants, criminal forfeiture of $470.

Douglas E. Trask, 22, Bangor, two counts possession of sexually explicit materials.

Richard Walston, 24, Brewer, theft by unauthorized taking.

Stephen M. Warren, 25, Bangor, robbery.

Jordan Wintheiser, 30, Lakeville, failure to appear.

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