May 22, 2018
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Two charged in Indian Island Health Center break-in

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bail was set Monday for two men from the Old Town area accused of breaking into the Penobscot Indian Nation’s health center late last week in search of prescription drugs.

Brandon Couturier, 21, and Nathaniel Burns, 23, who reportedly have lived at several addresses in the Old Town-Indian Island area, have been charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft in connection with the break-in, which happened about 1:40 a.m. Friday, Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Brendan Trainor said Monday.

Trainor said that during separate court appearances at the Penobscot Judicial Center, bail for Burns was set at $1,000 cash and bail for Couturier was set at $5,000 cash. He said that the higher bail amount for Couturier was based on his criminal history.

Burns was released from Penobscot County Jail on Monday, a jail official said. Couturier remained behind bars Monday evening.

According to Trainor, the pair allegedly broke into the Ruth Attean Davis Health Center on Indian Island in search of drugs. While police said that they did not get away with any medication, a laptop that was in the health center turned up missing.

Among the release conditions set for the two suspects are that they not return to the health center and that they not have contact with the owner of the missing laptop or each other.

Couturier’s criminal history includes two convictions for theft and one for criminal threatening, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

He also is one of two Indian Island men accused of trying to rob a friend — while he was driving them in his car — in January of last year.

Burns has been convicted of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to BDN court listings from 2008 and 2010.

The health center burglary and theft remain under investigation, Trainor said.

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