AUGUSTA — Loose popcorn, assorted candies and a cash box found in a white plastic bag carried by a man leaving the area of Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville on Jan. 6 prompted an investigation that led to burglary convictions of Mark W. Mansfield Jr., 37, of Levant and formerly of Waterville.

Mansfield was sentenced this week in Kennebec County Superior Court to four years in jail with all but 30 days suspended and two years probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and one count of criminal mischief. Conditions of probation prohibit him from being at the Railroad Square Cinema and at Buen Apetito, the Mexican restaurant next door.

Mansfield also was ordered to pay $230 restitution.

An affidavit by Waterville Police Officer Matthew Libby said the popcorn and candy came from the movie theater and the cash box from the restaurant, which Mansfield got “by punching a hole through the Sheetrock into the business.”

Libby wrote that he became suspicious that day when he saw Mansfield ditch the bag he was carrying when he spotted the patrol car.

Also sentenced in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Jonathan Brewster, 33, of Vassalboro, assault March 19 in Winslow; 270 day jail sentence, all but 10 days suspended (to be served in the alternative sentencing program), and one year administrative release, $300 fine.

• Derek R. Crocker, 20, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking July 8, 2013, in Gardiner; $50 fine, $1,200 restitution.

• Darrick J. Delile, 35, of Winslow, aggravated trafficking in cocaine and criminal forfeiture of $5,300 June 12, 2013, in Waterville; five year jail sentence, all but nine months suspended, three years probation, $400 restitution.

• Alan S. Goldhammer, 26, of Vassalboro, unlawful trafficking in heroin May 3, 2013, in Augusta; three year jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation, $400 fine, $200 restitution, concurrent to a probation revocation of 5 1/2 months.

• Christopher Neptune, 38, of Pittston, negotiating a worthless instrument Oct. 20, 2010, in Manchester; 10 day jail sentence to be served in the alternative sentencing program.

• Benjamin F. Rideout III, 22, of Augusta, theft by receiving stolen property April 24 in Augusta; 72 hours, $25 restitution.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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