Man to serve 8 years for home break-in

Posted Nov. 12, 2010, at 10:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man who broke into a home on Birch Street in May and threatened the homeowners who discovered him in their bathroom will go to prison for the next eight years, Greg Campbell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Friday.

“We are very pleased,” he said. “This was a very serious case. The homeowners caught him, and he told them he had a gun. It was a very scary situation for the homeowners.”

Eric J. Becker, 29, was charged with two felony counts of burglary and theft, along with misdemeanor counts for criminal threatening and violating his probation for the May 24 break-in.

“He pleaded guilty to Class B burglary, Class C theft and Class D criminal threatening and admitted to a probation violation,” Campbell said, standing inside the Penobscot Judicial Center. “He got eight years to the Department of Corrections on the burglary case, five years on the theft and 364 days on the criminal threatening.”

Becker also was sentenced to three years for the probation violation, Campbell said.

Police reported that the homeowners had left for about 45 minutes on May 24, and when they returned home at 3:15 p.m., they noticed someone run into their bathroom as they walked into the house.

The male homeowner approached the man and asked what he was doing, police said. The suspect made a threatening statement and ran from the house with the homeowner in pursuit. The homeowner was unable to catch the suspect, but officers who came to the scene did so.

Becker’s four sentences will run concurrently, Campbell said, adding that “he has some time served” that will reduce his time behind bars.

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