AUGUSTA — A man caught in the act of stealing copper pipe from a vacant building in Waterville’s South End on July 6 will spend 40 months behind bars for that offense.

Sean A. Rancourt, 29, of Waterville, was captured inside the building after a neighbor called police to say she saw what appeared to be flashlights in the basement.

Waterville Police reported finding Rancourt hiding under debris in the attic and Kevin Daniel Hubert, 32, also of Waterville, hiding under the basement stairs at 7 Summer St. along with tools and cut lengths of copper. The two were charged with burglary, aggravated criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools.

Rancourt pleaded guilty recently in Kennebec County Superior Court to the charge of aggravated criminal mischief, and the other two charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea. He was ordered to pay $1,000 restitution for the damage.

Charges remain pending against Hubert, whose next court hearing is Dec. 2.

Rancourt was on probation because of a 2003 robbery conviction, so the new sentence will run at the same time as a 45-month probation revocation.


A number of other people were sentenced recently in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Jarrod Z. Bilodeau, 30, of Winthrop, unlawful possession of heroin Aug. 11 in Augusta, operating under the influence July 25, 2012, in Winthrop; nine-month and one-day jail sentence, $1,100 in fines, three-year license and registration suspension.

• Philip Justin Fitzherbert, 29, of Litchfield, operating after habitual offender revocation April 2 in Gardiner and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Jan. 11, 2013, in Augusta; 30-day jail sentence, $500 fine.

• Jeremy J. Holt, 24, of Clinton, robbery Jan. 18 in Clinton and aggravated assault July 10 in Wiscasset; eight-year prison sentence, all but four years suspended, three years’ probation, $2,171 restitution.

• Derrick A. Smith, 26, of Augusta, aggravated criminal mischief March 28 in Augusta; two-year jail sentence, all but 48 days suspended, two years’ probation, $2,000 restitution.

• Alan C. Turner, 44, of New Sharon, criminal trespass Feb. 18 in Augusta; seven-day jail sentence.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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