Man gets 5 years for office burglaries

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted March 22, 2010, at 9 p.m.

WESTON, Maine — A 42-year-old Aroostook County and Sebago resident was sentenced last week in connection with burglaries at the Weston town office and in seven other towns.

Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney John Pluto said Monday that Brian McBreairty was sentenced Friday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou after pleading guilty to the string of burglaries and thefts at town offices from Eagle Lake to Weston.

McBreairty was sentenced to five years in prison followed by six years of probation. He was ordered to pay $42,541 in restitution. The burglaries and thefts took place in the fall of 2008 and the winter of 2009.

The Weston burglary, which occurred in November 2008, was the sixth town office burglary. In that case, the thief entered the office through the adjoining fire department and broke open a large safe and some filing cabinets, stealing several thousand dollars. Police would not specify how much money was stolen.

McBreairty pleaded guilty to charges in that case and also confessed to burglaries and thefts at town offices in Stockholm, Connor, New Canada, St. John, Limestone, Ashland and Eagle Lake. All of the crimes were convicted after hours.

Pluto said that investigations were conducted by Maine State Police and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.

Pluto added that the investigation cracked several other burglary cases in The County for which charges were not brought.

According to Pluto, McBreairty is allegedly responsible for several other area burglaries, including at the Crystal town office, restaurants and stores in Fort Kent and Caribou, and at the Fort Fairfield VFW.

“We had 22 counts that we went forward with,” Pluto said Monday. “But we were maxed out on what we were going to get for a sentence and for how much restitution we could squeeze out of him.”

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