AUGUSTA — A Winthrop man on Tuesday admitted breaking into neighbors’ homes and stealing items, including eight Build-a-Bear gift cards meant for one of the victim’s grandchildren.

Justin G. Lebourdais, 30, who also has a Gardiner address in court records, pleaded guilty in the Kennebec County Superior Court case to burglary, theft and receiving stolen property, all of which occurred Dec. 16-26, 2014, in Winthrop. Several other charges were dismissed in exchange for the pleas.

“He took my grandchildren’s Christmas presents, and I couldn’t replace them all,” one of the victims, Nancy Butler, told the judge at the hearing in the Capital Judicial Center. She said she wants to know the whereabouts of family watches that were stolen as well as her late husband’s handgun, which was engraved and presented to him when he retired as a deputy from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Butler said she is afraid the handgun could be used to hurt someone.

Investigators said Lebourdais gave the gift cards to his wife, who used four of them to order a bear online and had it sent to her address.

She said she is uncomfortable when she drives past Lebourdais’ home, which is near hers.

“He needs to learn from this so he doesn’t do it again,” she said, adding that she and other neighbors have acquired alarm systems as a result of being burglary victims.

Lebourdais was ordered to serve an initial 100 days of a four-year jail sentence, with the remainder suspended, and to be placed on probation for two years. He was ordered to pay $3,455 restitution, and Justice Donald Marden urged Lebourdais to try to find the whereabouts of that firearm. Lebourdais said he doesn’t know where it is because a codefendant stole it. Police were unable to locate it, the judge was told.

Lebourdais remains free on bail and was ordered to report to jail May 26 to serve the unsuspended portion of his sentence.

Also sentenced Tuesday in district and superior court cases heard in the same courtroom:

• Thomas L. Bolster, 53, of Gardiner, operating under the influence Jan. 30 in Gardiner; 10-day jail sentence to be served in the alternative sentencing program, $700 fine, three-year license suspension.

• Chad Everett Brann, 31, of Augusta, trafficking in prison contraband Feb. 13 in Augusta; nine-day jail sentence to be served in the alternative sentencing program, two years’ probation.

• Shawn Brown, 47, of Randolph, two counts of violating a protective order and one count of violating condition of release Feb. 25-March 23 in Randolph; 364-day jail sentence, all but 50 days suspended (credit for 50 days served), one year probation.

• Saleita M. Denham, 24, of Milo and formerly of Waterville, unlawful possession of heroin and violating community confinement monitoring program Feb. 2 in Waterville; 23-month prison sentence concurrent to a probation revocation, $400 fine.

• Wendy S. Dow, 45, of Clinton, one count of theft by deception and five counts of unsworn falsification April 1, 2009-April 27, 2012, in Clinton; unconditional discharge. She successfully completed a 12-month deferred disposition which had conditions that she pay $18,992.17 in restitution, perform 100 hours of community service, and maintain full-time employment.

• Thorr D. Ellis, 20, of Gardiner, theft of services Jan. 12 and false public report Aug. 27, 2014, in Gardiner, theft by unauthorized taking and transfer Nov. 14, 2014, in Augusta; 21-day jail sentence, $200 fine, $72 restitution.

• Zachary L. Elwell, 19, of Waterville and formerly of Augusta, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release, Jan. 25 in Gardiner and Feb. 4 in Augusta; 21-day jail sentence concurrent to a 21-day probation revocation.

• Gary Vaughn Gilley, 52, of Pittsfield, domestic violence reckless conduct Feb. 14 in Augusta; 180-day jail sentence, all but 72 hours suspended, credit for 72 hours served, two years’ probation.

• Shaun A. Le, 34, of Augusta; two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Dec. 14 and 21, 2014, in Augusta and two additional counts of theft and one of operating after suspension Jan. 5 in Augusta; three-year jail sentence, all but 60 days suspended, two years’ probation, $500 restitution.

• Ross C. Liberty, 22, of Fairfield, theft by receiving stolen property May 12 in Winslow; 364-day jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation.

• Kevin J. Ridley, 32, of Readfield, operating under the influence June 5, 2014, in Augusta; four-day jail sentence to be served in the alternative sentencing program, $900 fine, 150-day license suspension.

• Nicholas S. Sanders, 34, of South Paris and formerly of Gardiner, assault Nov. 29, 2013, in Augusta; $300 fine.

• Elliot Joseph Snow, 25, of Vassalboro, unlawful possession of scheduled drug and cultivating marijuana May 9, 2014, in Vassalboro and operating after suspension and violation of condition of release Jan. 17 in Augusta; three-year jail sentence, all but six months suspended (credit for six months served), two years’ probation, $800 in fines.

• John Stovall, 30, of Burnham, criminal mischief Aug. 8, 2013, in Clinton; $500 fine.

• Aaron M. Tardiff, 27, of Augusta, two counts of assault July 18, 2014, and one count each of aggravated criminal trespass, assault, domestic violence terrorizing and violating condition of release Dec. 13, 2014, all in Augusta; two-year jail sentence, all but nine months and one day suspended, two years’ probation, $300 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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