ETNA – Two of the three Bangor teens charged in the armed robbery of the Etna Village Variety Store are now behind bars.
When the three juveniles, one carrying a shotgun, robbed the store they didn’t count on security cameras catching them in the act.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office posted the surveillance video that showed the three suspects entering the store on Route 2 with their faces covered, and then fleeing the store with an undisclosed amount of money.
The three Bangor teens, two aged 16 and a 15-year-old, were quickly identified after the video was posted.
“Three juveniles were accused of committing a robbery out in Etna back in September of last year,” said Assistant District Attorney Ben Fowler. “Thanks to the great work of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, two of them have already been adjudicated of the serious offense.”
All three boys were initially charged with robbery.
The 15-year-old who was carrying the weapon was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland until he turns age 19.
One of the two 16-year-olds was also convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and was sent to Long Creek. He’ll stay there until he’s 18.
“It sends a message that we take these cases very serious,” Fowler said. “It was a serious offense and we will prosecute similar crimes in the future to the fullest extent.”
“The third case is still working its way through the court but we are hopeful that we’ll resolve that case in the same fashion,” he added later.
The store owner said some of her employees are still shaken by what happened.