AUGUSTA — A Farmingdale man who allegedly stole sign posts from a state garage and then sold them almost immediately to a recycler pleaded guilty Tuesday to four criminal charges in connection with that incident, but the two most serious charges against him will be dismissed if he complies with certain conditions.
Brock R. Hamilton, 27, entered guilty pleas in Kennebec County Superior Court to unlawful possession of scheduled drug, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, criminal trespass and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, physical force.
All the events occurred April 27 through 29, 2013, in Augusta.
An affidavit by Officer Donald Whitten, of the Augusta police, says Hamilton was stealing the metal sign posts from a transportation department garage on Bog Road and then selling them at One Steel in Augusta, at one point less than an hour after they were taken.
Whitten says images of a vehicle Hamilton was driving were captured by a game camera.
Hamilton was arrested at an Augusta apartment two days after the theft and wrestled with police officers who subsequently found some packets of heroin on Hamilton, Whitten’s affidavit says.
If Hamilton completes conditions of a 12-month deferred disposition, he will be permitted to withdraw his plea to the theft and drug charges and will be sentenced to 364 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, and one year of probation, according to court documents.
He was ordered to pay $11,120 as restitution, and a condition of deferred disposition bans him from the state garage.
“The deferred disposition gives Brock a second chance,” said his attorney, Walter McKee. “If he is successful — and I’m sure he will be — he won’t have a felony conviction.”
In October, Hamilton had pleaded guilty to stealing copper wire from spools stored in a barn on Kerns Hill Road in Manchester. The offense occurred May 14, 2013, and at the time Hamilton told investigators he had been hunting in the area; however, an affidavit filed in the case by Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputy David Bucknam indicated Hamilton had wire cutters and a utility knife on him. Investigators had set up a game camera to detect motion in the area around the barn, which led to Hamilton’s capture on the site, Bucknam said in the affidavit.
For that theft and a related charge of violating a condition of release, Hamilton was sentenced earlier to 30 days in jail.
Several other people were sentenced in separate hearings Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court:
â€¢ Antelsy M. Bellows, 35, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Aug. 30, 2013, in Waterville; $150 fine.
â€¢ Shawn S. Bunker, 48, of Chelsea, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Aug. 14, 2013, in Augusta; five-day jail sentence.
â€¢ Elisa M. Clarke, 47, of Litchfield, reckless conduct March 21, 2011, in Litchfield; $575 fine.
â€¢ Tyler John Crawford, 19, of Dixfield and China, burglary of a motor vehicle, June 26, 2012, in Winslow, theft by unauthorized use of property and permitting unauthorized use of property Oct. 12, 2013, in Monmouth, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Oct. 1, 2013, in South Portland and Sept. 29, 2013, in Bangor; three-year jail sentence, all but 120 days suspended, two years’ probation, $2,579 restitution.
â€¢ Brianna M. Harger, 32, of Readfield, forgery and theft by deception March 20, 2012, in Winthrop, and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release Sept. 21, 2013, in Augusta; three years in jail, all but nine months suspended, two years’ probation, $980 restitution.
â€¢ Christina M. Karod, 21, of Rockport, criminal mischief Nov. 21, 2013, in Augusta; 50-day jail sentence.
â€¢ Tyson LaPierre, 28, of Augusta, driving to endanger Dec. 31, 2011, in Augusta; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension.
â€¢ Robert E. Magee Jr., 42, of Augusta, theft by receiving stolen property Oct. 26, 2013, in Augusta; $400 fine, $520 restitution.
â€¢ Hugo B. Nieto, 37, of Augusta, driving to endanger July 21, 2012, in Augusta; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension.
â€¢ Tyler J. Perry, 30, of Augusta, domestic violence assault April 3, 2012, in Gardiner; seven-month jail sentence.
â€¢ Clayton J. Reid, 35, of Winthrop, domestic violence criminal threatening Nov. 29, 2013, in Winthrop; 364-day jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, two years’ probation.
â€¢ David J. Ricker, 53, of Winthrop, disorderly conduct, loud unreasonable noise, Jan. 15, 2013, in Waterville; $500 fine.
â€¢ Chanel N. Ristick, 24, of Hollywood, violating condition of release Aug. 28, 2013, in Waterville; 48-hour jail sentence, credit for time served.
â€¢ Kristin Marie Stewart, 23, of Waterville, unlawful possession of scheduled drug Oct. 18, 2013, in Waterville; 364-day jail sentence, all but 13 days suspended (credit for time served), one-year probation, $400 fine.
â€¢ Kelly A. Strout, 31, of Augusta, theft by receiving stolen property and terrorizing Nov. 6, 2013 in Augusta; 364-day jail sentence, all but 48 hours suspended, one-year probation, $930.71 restitution.
â€¢ Richard M. Swanson Jr., 66, of Oakland, driving to endanger Feb. 13, 2012, in Waterville; 30-day license suspension. $575 fine.
â€¢ Amber Rose Swift, 29, of Belgrade, trafficking in heroin Dec. 14, 2012, in Belgrade, violating condition of release Feb 28 and Oct. 18, 2013, in Augusta, and unlawful possession of heroin and violation of conditions of release Jan. 17, 2013, in Augusta; five-year prison sentence, all but one year suspended, two years’ probation; $800 fine, $120 restitution.
â€¢ Jennifer Rena Thibeault, 24, of Augusta, unlawful possession of a scheduled drug Dec. 12, 2013, in Vassalboro, and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release Jan. 11, 2014, in Augusta; two-year jail sentence, all but six months suspended, two years’ probation, $400 fine, $220 restitution.
â€¢ Tabitha Waddell, 35, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Oct. 26, 2013, in Augusta; $400 fine, $500 restitution.
â€¢ Earl Watson, 56, of Pittston, operating after habitual-offender revocation, Oct. 8, 2013, in Randolph; 364-day jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, one-year probation.
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