AUGUSTA — Recently retired Fairfield police Capt. Kingston Paul found himself the victim of a crime in October while he was in a hospital recovering from surgery.

Records in Kennebec County Superior Court show Stephen Allen Frappier Jr., 28, of Benton and Madison, stole Paul’s recently delivered checks from his home in Fairfield and cashed one for $375 at a Vassalboro credit union.

Paul reported the offenses Oct. 20, according to an affidavit by Maine State Police Trooper Rick Moody.

Moody said Maine Savings Federal Credit Union officials provided him with a photo of Frappier taken as he successfully cashed a check from Paul’s business, Albion Thrift and Antiques, on Oct. 17. Three days later, because Paul had reported the checks stolen, Frappier couldn’t cash another check at the same institution when he tried to do so.

Authorities also prosecuted Frappier on a charge of operating while his license was suspended or revoked because the bank camera recorded him driving through the drive-thru teller. The bank reimbursed Paul for the money and then pursued the theft claim against Frappier since the money was stolen from there, Moody wrote.

Moody said it appeared that Frappier had taken the checks when he was invited into the home while Paul was hospitalized. Paul retired from the Fairfield force in November.

Frappier was sentenced Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to seven years in prison, with all but two years suspended, and three years of probation. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay $445 restitution.

The sentence was on Frappier’s pleas of guilty to charges of theft by unauthorized taking, forgery, violating conditions of release and operating while his license was suspended or revoked Oct. 17 in Vassalboro and to burglary, and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer that occurred Oct. 24, 2013, in Oakland.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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