POLICE BEAT

Burglar hits Bangor jewelry store

Posted Aug. 08, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A friend of a man who reported his car stolen and then returned on Monday was identified as the person who is seen in video store surveillance tapes from an early morning heist at Day’s Jewelers.

Herbert R. Hasenbank Jr., 35, of Bangor was arrested and charged with stealing his friend’s car, which contained two unused Molotov cocktails, and burglarizing the jewelry store, according to Sgt. Paul Edwards.

Bangor police Officer Russ Twaddell responded to an alarm at Day’s, located on Stillwater Avenue, at around 1:45 a.m. and found “two large plate glass windows smashed and jewelry display items missing,” the sergeant said. “An immediate search of the area turned up nothing. Evidence was collected including videotaped surveillance and the case was turned over to Detective Erik Tall of the Criminal Investigations Division.”

Officer Brandon Vafiades then responded to a stolen vehicle call at around 6:30 a.m.

where the owner reported that his vehicle was “stolen sometime last night, involved in a minor accident, and then returned,” Edwards said.

Vafiades noticed that the man’s friend looked like the suspect in the video from the Day’s burglary, and contacted Tall. Hasenbank was then arrested and charged with felony burglary and criminal use of explosives, because he had the Molotov cocktails with him when he broke into the store, as well as three misdemeanors, unauthorized use of property or taking the motor vehicle, failure to notify owner of accident and violating his bail conditions.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Monday night, a jail official said.

Whether police recovered any of the missing jewelry was not released.

Hasenbank has a number of convictions on his record, including one burglary, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

Since 2002, he has been convicted three times for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, as well as for burglary, assault, and operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

If convicted of either the burglary or criminal use of explosives felony charges, Hasenbank could face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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