AUGUSTA — A city man will serve 364 days behind bars for a series of burglaries and thefts at homes in Augusta and Chelsea and at a Maine State Police trooper’s property in West Gardiner, all of which went to support his opiate addiction.

Dustin James Woodworth, 29, of Augusta, was sentenced Thursday in a hearing at the Capital Judicial Center to serve 364 days in the county jail for all the misdemeanor charges. In addition, he was ordered to serve a concurrent nine months on the seven felony charges with the remainder of a five-year sentence suspended, followed by three years on probation. Both the prosecutor and the defense attorney said Woodworth committed the offenses to support his opiate addiction.

He had pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to seven counts each of burglary and theft, three counts of criminal mischief and one count each of aggravated criminal mischief and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, all of which took place from January to May 2015.

Woodworth also was ordered to pay $14,280 restitution for the benefit of the six property owners, including $1,416 for Trooper Tim Black, whose garage was broken into May 12-14, 2015.

A kayak was stolen from there and traced back to Woodworth after it was offered for sale on Craigslist. Two mountain bikes were reported stolen from that garage, as well as bulletproof vests and items marked with Maine State Police patches.

Investigators also tied Woodworth to the various break-ins after they recovered fingerprints and DNA from a can of spray paint. At one point, he spray-painted the basement windows of a Cedar Street house to avoid being seen in that basement at night as he cut the copper piping.

The other offenses occurred on Penley and Crooker streets and Second Avenue in Augusta and on River Road in Chelsea. In fact, the Second Avenue residence was burglarized twice, on April 7 and 10, 2015. Items Woodworth took included a snowblower, leaf blower, tools and firearms. The items were sold quickly via the Internet to support Woodworth’s addiction to oxycodone and heroin, according to a sentencing memo by the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Russell. She also said that more than 100 photos of stolen property were found on Woodworth’s phone.

Woodworth’s attorney, Charles T. Ferris, sought a lighter sentence for Woodworth, saying he had no prior criminal conviction and had pleaded guilty as soon as possible to the pending charges.

Ferris wrote in his memo that Woodworth “is the father of a 3 1/2-month-old baby boy, has not engaged in any illegal activity from the time he was released on bail, and has been working with his father in the construction trades.” He also wrote, “Mr. Woodworth has been clean and sober since his arrest and would like to maintain his sobriety.”

A co-defendant in the burglary at Black’s garage, Ian Watson, now 29, of Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty in July and was ordered to serve an initial 60 days in jail, and the remainder of the three-year prison term was suspended. He also was placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $1,416 restitution.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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