June 24, 2018
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Employee charged with theft in connection to Brewer Big Apple robbery

Brewer Police Department | BDN
Brewer Police Department | BDN
Stephen Thoner
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Brewer police have made a second arrest in connection with the June 10 robbery of the Big Apple convenience store on Wilson Street.

Stephen Thoner, 37, of Brewer — who was an employee of the store — was charged Tuesday with Class C felony theft, according to Brewer police Capt. Christopher Martin.

The first suspect, 23-year-old Meagen Herbert, was arrested by Bangor police last week. As of Wednesday, Herbert remained at Penobscot County Jail, where she is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Martin said that a continuing investigation by Detective Sgt. Anthony Pinette and Detective Sgt. Jay Munson of the Brewer Police Department indicated that Thoner conspired with Herbert to commit the crime.

“Their plan involved staging a robbery at the store and the theft of money,” Martin said Wednesday in a news release.

Pinette declined Wednesday to provide further details about the alleged conspiracy between the two suspects, noting that the incident remains under investigation.He said it is possible that other people might have been involved.

Thoner, who was not arrested, remains free pending his initial court appearance, Pinette said..

Martin said that Herbert entered the store, reportedly assaulted Thoner and fled the scene with money. Pinette obtained a search warrant for a Bangor residence and seized evidence relating to this crime.

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