ELLSWORTH (AP) – A Connecticut man convicted of stealing a safe containing $40,000 in cash from his grandmother will remain in jail in Maine while awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Steven Robbins drove from Connecticut to Lamoine, Maine, where he and another suspect put a pillowcase over his grandmother’s head, handcuffed her, bound her legs with a telephone cord and demanded the combination to her safe.

In the following days, Robbins allegedly spent thousands of dollars in cash, buying puppies, a truck and a $1,400 engagement ring.

He was convicted Friday of robbery, burglary, assault, theft and obstructing the report of a crime in Hancock County Superior Court. His wife, also charged, was acquitted of the same charges. Prosecutors say the investigation is ongoing.

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