AUGUSTA — Jason H. Hight was seen using a crowbar to break a basement window to get inside the Ken-A-Set thrift store, then tried to hide under a clothing rack, where police found him about 12:30 a.m. in January 2013.

He also broke into Burger King, where he stole an empty cash register, and other downtown Waterville businesses.

For 24 criminal offenses, which include several other burglaries at Ken-A-Set, Hight, 28, of Waterville, was sentenced Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court to five years in jail, with all but 10 months suspended and four years’ probation.

He had previously pleaded guilty to six counts each of theft by unauthorized taking and violating conditions of release, seven counts of burglary and five counts of criminal mischief, all of which occurred between Nov. 1, 2012, and Jan. 10, 2013, on Main Street and College Avenue in Waterville.

Conditions of probation ban him from contact with Ken-A-Set, Burger King, Uptown Styling and Waterville Main Street, all sites of the break-ins.

Hight also was ordered to pay $3,028 restitution, most of it for the damage caused to doors and windows.

Among the items stolen were cash, alcohol, cameras and cords.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

[email protected]

Twitter: @betadams


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