BREWER, Maine — Basically every officer on duty in the city had a hand in apprehending an armed robbery suspect who used a firearm to demand cash at the Brewer Motor Inn early Tuesday, according to Brewer police.
Anthony Yurchick, 47, of Blue Hill was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with robbery, felony theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Brewer Police Department posted on its Facebook page.
The armed robbery occurred about 5:30 a.m. when police say Yurchick “brandished a firearm and demanded cash” from a hotel staffer before fleeing on foot.
The motel clerk gave Yurchick the $237 in cash that she had at the front desk, Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Brendan Trainor said late Friday afternoon.
Bail was set Wednesday at $100,000 cash by Superior Court Justice Ann Murray when Yurchick made his first court appearance by video conference from the Penobscot County Jail at the Penobscot Judicial Center, Trainor said.
He is not expected to be able to post bail.
He was not asked to enter a plea because he has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. It next convenes on Jan. 25 and Feb. 22. Yurchick is next scheduled to appear in court on March 14.
Brewer officers worked with members of the Bangor Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to establish leads in the case and got assistance in tracking the suspect from Ellsworth police Sgt. Shawn Willey and his dog.
Investigators gathered enough evidence to get a search warrant and raided an Acme Road residence, where additional evidence was found, the post states.
Public Safety Director Jason Moffitt said in a Wednesday email that a handgun was recovered.
Yurchick also has several outstanding warrants from Hancock County, the Facebook post states.
“We also wish to thank the concerned citizens who provided critical information and case leads,” the Facebook post states.
The post goes on to commend the efforts of nine officers who helped investigate the robbery.
The only Brewer officers who didn’t work on the case had the day off, the public safety director said.
If convicted of the Class A robbery, Yurchick faces up to 30 years in prison and fine of up to $50,000. He also could be order to pay restitution to the motel.
BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.