May 28, 2018
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Bangor man charged with 2 burglaries unable to make $10,000 bail

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
Craig Franck
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man arrested Tuesday on burglary and theft charges remained Wednesday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $10,000 cash bail.

Craig Franck, 30, of Bangor made his first court appearance Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center before Superior Court Justice William Anderson.

He did not enter pleas to the charges.

Franck is charged in connection with two separate residential burglaries, one on Dec. 28 in Hermon and the other on New Year’s Eve in Levant. He allegedly stole jewelry from each home and pawned it the same day of the break-in. A possible motive was not presented to the judge Wednesday.

Tracy Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said before the hearing began that there were no signs of forced entry at either home and one homeowner had told police that a door to the house had been left unlocked.

Franck was on probation on a theft charge out of Ellsworth District Court when he broke into the homes and stole the jewelry, Lacher told the judge Wednesday.

Lacher asked that bail be set at $10,000 cash.

Franck said through Bangor attorney Benjamin Fowler, acting as the lawyer-of-the-day, that he could not afford such a high bail as he was unemployed.

Anderson said he was setting bail at $10,000 cash because “these are serious crimes allegedly committed while the defendant was on probation.”

If convicted, Franck faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up $20,000 on burglary charges alone.

Franck is scheduled to appear in court again on March 5.

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