REHMERT PLEADS IN CONWAY ROBBERY; GETS 2-4 YEARS

by Christian Mower on May 11, 2012

THE 33-YEAR-OLD FRYEBURG, MAINE MAN CONWAY POLICE BELIEVE JUMPED OVER A CAR’S HOOD AND ROBBED A DRIVE THROUGH CUSTOMER AT A NORTH CONWAY BANK IN LATE 2011 HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO A SINGLE CHARGE IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE.

ASST. CARROLL COUNTY ATTORNEY STEVE MURRAY SAYS MICHAEL JAY REHMERT, JR. OF 21 OXFORD STREET ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA MONDAY IN SUPERIOR COURT IN OSSIPEE TO A SINGLE FELONY COUNT OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY, IN CONNECTION WITH THE HOLDUP IN EARLY NOVEMBER OF A CUSTOMER AT THE TD BANK BRANCH OFF ROUTE 16.

PROSECUTORS DROPPED AN ARMED ROBBERY CHARGE AND REHMERT AGREED TO A TERM OF TWO TO FOUR YEARS AT THE STATE PRISON. HE HAS ALREADY SERVED 180 DAYS CONFINEMENT SO HE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE AFTER SERVING ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF.

MURRAY PRAISES INVESTIGATORS IN THE CASE, INCLUDING THE CONWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT – WITH COOPERATION FROM THE MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE..

AFTER THE ROBBERY, WHICH HAPPENED AROUND 9:20 P.M. ON A WEDNESDAY, POLICE RELEASED TWO PHOTOS SHOWING A HOODED PERSON JUMPING OVER THE FRONT OF A CAR AND A SECOND PHOTO SHOWING THE HOODED PERSON WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE A LARGE GUN NEAR THE DRIVER’S SIDE DOOR.

THE VICTIM’S KEYS WERE TAKEN, IN ADDITION TO CASH HE WAS ABOUT TO DEPOSIT FROM A LOCAL RETAIL STORE, BUT HE WASN’T HURT.

A SECOND SUSPECT, IDENTIFIED AS 21-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA A. RIFF OF CRESCENT DRIVE IN CONWAY, IS AWAITING TRIAL IN THE CASE. HE IS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY AND ACCOMPLICE TO ROBBERY.

POLICE BELIEVE RIFF WAS WAITING NEARBY IN A CAR TO DRIVE REHMERT FROM THE ROBBERY SCENE. HE’S LIKELY TO BE SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL THIS SUMMER.