Man, woman charged in connection with Hermon robbery, burglary last month

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A man and woman accused of being accomplices last month to a Hermon resident who allegedly robbed one man of his medical marijuana with a machete and burglarized another’s home made their first appearances Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Rachel Burrows, 28, of Glenburn and John Branscomb, 27, a transient, were arrested Friday and charged with one count each of robbery, burglary and stealing drugs. They also were charged with two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Steven A. Cronk, 30, of Hermon appeared Friday in court in Bangor on the same charges. His bail was set at $30,000 cash.

Bail was set Monday at $10,000 cash or $25,000 surety for Burrows and at $20,000 cash from Branscomb.

None of the defendants were asked to enter pleas to the charges because they have not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. It next convenes on Aug. 27.

The trio remained Monday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.

On July 23, Cronk and Branscomb allegedly broke into a house in Hermon and robbed a man of the medical marijuana he was licensed to grow and between $400 and $500 cash, using a machete owned by Burrows to threaten the victim, according to court documents. Burrows allegedly drove the getaway car while the two men went into the home.

The alleged victim did not report the crime until Aug. 4.

Less than a week later, on July 29, Cronk and Branscomb allegedly burglarized a home in Stetson and stole medicine and a gun. Again, Burrows drove the getaway car, according to court documents.

Cronk was sentenced in April 2011 in Penobscot County to 3½ years in prison on burglary, theft and other charges, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. Cronk was released from prison about 10 weeks ago, Assistant Attorney General Brendan Trainor said last week.

A third man named in court documents is not being named by the Bangor Daily News because he has not yet been charged.

The defendants are due in court again in October.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000 on the robbery charge because a weapon allegedly was brandished. They face up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000 on the Class B burglary charge because a gun allegedly was stolen.

 

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