April 19, 2019

Three men arrested in van theft still in jail

BANGOR – Three men arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a stolen van remained in Penobscot County Jail on Tuesday after making their first appearances in 3rd District Court.

Bryan Alexander, 19, of Hamden, Conn., was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and fined $300 after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of property.

Richard St. Pierre, 25, of Michigan is expected to be returned to his home state where he is wanted for a parole violation. He is charged with unauthorized use of property in Maine.

St. Pierre did not enter a plea Tuesday. His bail was set at $500 cash, but he is expected to be held until Michigan authorities arrive to take him back to that state.

Bail for Joshua Panther, 20, of Bangor was set at $500. He is charged with operating after suspension.

Panther and Alexander were arrested at gunpoint by Bangor police about 4:30 p.m. Monday at the corner of Lincoln Street and West Broadway.

Police spotted the van, recently reported stolen from Hamden, Conn., and stopped it in the residential neighborhood on the city’s west side.

Interviews with the pair led police to Pickering Square where they arrested St. Pierre and took into custody a 17-year-old girl, described as a runaway from Michigan. She was being held until her parents could arrive from Michigan.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they were not sure how the three men knew one another.

Correction: This article appeared on page B3 in the State edition.

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