May 27, 2018
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Brewer man pleads not guilty to multiple burglary, theft charges

William Cushman
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man was arraigned Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center on 33 charges in connection with a series of April burglaries in Veazie, Orrington and Bangor.

William C. Cushman, 22, pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of burglary, 16 counts of theft by unauthorized taking and one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and burglary to a motor vehicle.

Cushman is next scheduled to appear in court on July 10.

Superior Court Justice Robert Murray ordered that Cushman’s bail remain at $25,000 cash. Cushman has been unable to post bail since his arrest April 18.

Cushman was indicted May 28 by the Penobscot County grand jury.

He is one five people charged in connection with a Bangor-area burglary ring, according to a previously published report.

Cushman’s alleged accomplices — Randall J. Cressey, 23, of Hampden, Courtney Braley, 18, of Bangor, Bianca Trask, 19, of Brewer and a 16-year-old boy from Bangor have not yet been indicted.

Cressey and Cushman were arrested after a search warrant was executed at a house on Highland Street in Brewer where a stolen firearm, cash and other valuables from the Orrington and Veazie burglaries were recovered, according to police.

If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in prison on each burglary charge and fines of up to $20,000. Depending on the value of the items taken in each theft, they face between six months and five years of incarceration and fines from $1,000 to $5,000. They also could be ordered to pay restitution for unrecovered items.


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