Bangor man pleads guilty to robbing credit union, stealing jewelry from mother

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted March 24, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 20-year-old local man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a downtown credit union in January and to stealing jewelry worth thousands of dollars from his mother.

Donovan W. Steen Jr. of Bangor entered his pleas before District Court Judge Bruce Jordan at the Penobscot Judicial Center, and is scheduled to be back in court April 21 to be sentenced.

Donovan W. Steen Jr. of Bangor entered his pleas before District Court Judge Bruce Jordan at the Penobscot Judicial Center, and is scheduled to be back in court April 21 to be sentenced.

Steen admitted that he robbed the Bangor branch of the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union at 1 Merchants Plaza just before it closed on Jan. 18.

He was charged with felony robbery, misdemeanor theft by unauthorized taking and violation of conditions of release.

“We’re dismissing the two misdemeanor counts,” Greg Campbell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge.

When Steen pleaded guilty to felony theft, he admitted to stealing more than $4,000 worth of jewelry and other goods from his mother. He was arrested for that crime on Jan. 7.

Steen’s mother, grandmother, other relatives and friends sat in the front row of the courtroom and several cried while Campbell reviewed the case for the judge.

During the credit union heist, Steen dressed in a white long-sleeve sweatshirt with “Billabong” written on it, black sunglasses, black gloves and a black hat, Campbell said.

He handed the teller “a note that said he had a gun” and which demanded $1,000 in cash, and left on foot after getting the money, the prosecutor said.

Bank surveillance images were released, and police received several calls, including one from Steen’s mother, who identified her son as the person in the video images, Campbell said.

Steen was arrested Jan. 19 after being interviewed by investigators, who also have physical evidence, including his shoes, connecting him to the robbery.

Steen grew up in Bangor and recently returned to his hometown after a stay in Texas, Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop has said.

Steen’s Facebook page says he graduated from Bangor High School in 2008. He is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.

Steen faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 for the robbery conviction. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for the felony theft.

Campbell and Steen’s court-appointed attorney, William Bart of Bangor, negotiated part of a plea agreement.

Campbell recommended that Steen be sentenced to eight years behind bars for the robbery, with all but four years suspended and three years of probation after his release.

“On the theft charge we would ask for a concurrent sentence,” he said in court. “We didn’t specify a number of years, but [agreed] that it would run concurrent with the robbery charge.”

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