Bangor burglary suspect remains in jail

Posted Dec. 23, 2009, at 10:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man suspected of committing a rash of burglaries on the city’s West Side remained in the Penobscot County Jail on Wednesday night, unable to post bail after his first court appearance earlier in the day.

District Court Judge Robert Murray set bail for Peter A. McCaffrey, 38, at $3,000 cash or $25,000 surety in a brief hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Bail conditions if he should be released include home confinement between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., no intoxicants and no contact with the alleged victims.

Through Bangor attorney Joseph Hunt, the lawyer for the day, McCaffrey told the judge that he is employed by a catering company at Bangor International Airport, pays child support for two children and could raise only $750 cash for bail.

McCaffrey is charged with two Class B burglaries, but Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge that the defendant had confessed to half a dozen burglaries. Bangor police said Tuesday when McCaffrey’s arrest was announced that the Ohio Street resident was responsible for six burglaries, including one in which a gun was stolen, and three attempted burglaries.

Murray set McCaffrey’s next court appearance for March 2 and tentatively set a trial for April 5. Those dates could change depending on when he is indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury, which convenes on the fourth Monday of each month.

McCaffrey was arrested Monday night after he apparently was caught in the act of burglarizing an Ohio Street apartment. The resident, whose name was not released, came home and found McCaffrey inside. When the defendant left the apartment, the man chased and caught him with the assistance of a bystander, according to police.

If convicted, McCaffrey faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on each Class B burglary charge.

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