Woman indicted in theft of $100,000

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 24, 2008, at 8:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Carmel woman was indicted Monday by the Penobscot County grand jury, accused of taking more than $100,000 over three years from Community Health and Counseling Services.

Amy McElroy, 41, is charged with Class B theft by unauthorized taking. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. She also could be ordered to pay restitution.

McElroy, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, was responsible for depositing checks and cash paid by clients to CHCS. Instead of depositing the checks and cash, McElroy allegedly kept the cash.

She and others indicted Monday are scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 22 in Penobscot County Superior Court.

In another case, Benjamin Tibbetts III, 33, of Glenburn was indicted in the illegal sale of wood pellet stoves from a Bangor retail store that he managed. He is charged with Class B theft by unauthorized taking and faces the same sentence and fines McElroy does.

Tibbetts allegedly stole between $25,000 and $100,000 from Sunrise Home & Hearth Store by selling heavily discounted pellet stoves for cash and pocketing the money. The exact value of the items he allegedly stole is not yet known, Roberts said.

When he allegedly committed the theft, Tibbetts was on probation for a July 2006 conviction for burglary and theft. Tibbetts and another man were found guilty of stealing an oil truck from a Milford firm in 2005, then selling fuel to customers for as low as $1 a gallon.

He also has been charged with violating his probation and faces more than five years in prison on that charge. Tibbetts, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to be sentenced next month on the probation violation.

Others indicted Monday include:

Maurice R. Bedard, 43, Exeter, theft by unauthorized taking.

Justine L. Blodgett, 25, Charleston, aggravated criminal operating under the influence.

Rebecca J. Breau, 27, Veazie, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Arron S. Brooks, 29, Bangor, robbery, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, stealing drugs, violation of condition of release.

Ronald J. Cota, 28, Alton, violation of sex offender registration.

Chad Cottrell, 21, Bucksport, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Antonio Cruz, 29, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Lionel Dube Jr., 49, Bradford, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Kenneth E. Emery, 29, Pittsfield, operating after revocation, violation of condition of release.

Richard Estes, 30, Lincoln, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Frank R. Gadman, 35, Dexter, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Troy M. Gay, 21, Greenbush, forgery.

Matthew Gormely, 22, Brewer, theft by unauthorized taking, forgery.

Melissa M. Grant, 26, Princeton, escape, operating after revocation.

Michelle R. Harper, 25, Mount Desert, two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Patrick Hartley, 21, Howland, negotiating worthless instrument.

Bruce P. Herbert, 33, Alton, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Ian Holmwood, 26, Etna, operating after revocation.

Ralph Holyoke, 49, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking, misuse of identification.

Christopher Hyson, 24, Bangor, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury.

Wayne Keeran, 34, Eddington, operating after revocation.

Kyle Kettell, 20, Bucksport, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Cassandra Koep, 21, Howland, negotiating worthless instrument.

Raymond G. Lee, 44, Brewer, assault, violation of condition of release.

Alison F. Lewey, 38, Corinna, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, operating beyond license condition or restriction.

William G. McDevitt, 31, Portland, escape.

Patrick Mitchell, 18, Bradley, theft by unauthorized taking.

Joleen M. Murphy, 28, Dexter, failure to report, violation of condition of release.

Peter Oliver, 32, Greenbush, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, violation of condition of release.

Matthew S. Pete, 27, Orono, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Karen Prete, 44, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Travis R. Robinson, 23, Sherman, robbery.

Clarence E. Sargent, 53, unknown address, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants.

Anthony J. Small, 25, Bangor, assault on an officer.

Gordon H. Smith, 31, Carmel, operating after revocation, violation of condition of release.

Wesley L. Springer, 35, Passadumkeag, two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Michelle Stevens, 29, Corinth, theft by unauthorized taking, forgery, misuse of identification.

Robert W. Taylor, 41, transient, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Michael J. Thompson, 21, Corinna, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Andrew Turner, 18, Bangor, burglary, five counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, five counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Christopher E. Wilson, 22, Glenburn, failure to report, violation of condition of release.

Randall J. Woods, 41, Bangor, three counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Paul Zimmerman, 44, Milo, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

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