A Gardiner man is charged with stealing staging from his employer, a construction company, and selling it to buy heroin, according to the Maine State Police.

Edward B. Robinson, 34, who is in the Kennebec County jail on charges of operating after revocation and violating conditions of bail from September 2015, was charged Wednesday with burglary and theft by unauthorized taking that allegedly occurred in Chelsea.

According to a news release from state police, Robinson worked for Pepin Properties, of Augusta, on construction of a house at Stone Gate Crossing in Chelsea.

The staging, valued at $3,500, was reported stolen from there on Dec. 28, and it was recovered this week from a Gardiner business, which had bought it from Robinson for $900.

Trooper Elisha Fowlie said Robinson used the proceeds to buy heroin.

Robinson also has pending charges in Knox County. He is accused of trafficking in prison contraband and conspiracy to commit trafficking in prison contraband, which allegedly occurred in August 2014 when he was a prisoner in the Maine State Prison in Warren.

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