May 25, 2018
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Judge sets high bail for Rite Aid robbery suspects

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge on Friday set bail for a Dixmont couple accused of twice robbing the Newport Rite Aid at $50,000 cash or $200,000 surety.

Jonah Masse, 25, and Sydney Duff, 20, were arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with Class B robbery in connection with pharmacy robberies on Aug. 16 and Sept. 16.

They also are suspects in the attempted robbery Tuesday of the Rite Aid in Pittsfield, according to a previously published report.

They remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.

In granting the high bail requested by the Penobscot County district attorney’s office, District Court Judge Gregory Campbell said it was warranted given the “serious nature of the charges.”

If they were able to post bail, bail conditions would forbid Masse and Duff from having contact with each other. The two also are forbidden from going to any Rite Aid store and from having contact with witnesses.

In addition, they must not use alcohol and drugs and would be subject to testing to determine whether they were using those substances.

Duff, who is a Canadian citizen, wrote the notes Masse gave to employees behind the pharmacy counter and drove the getaway car, Tracy Collins Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge.

Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said that pill bottles were recovered from the couple’s residence. The street value of the drugs taken in the two robberies amounted to about $6,000, said Macdaid.

Lacher said Friday in court that police also found clothes similar to those worn by the robber and captured by store surveillance cameras.

If convicted, Masse and Duff each faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. They also could be ordered to pay restitution.

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