April 27, 2018
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Brewer men plead guilty to baggage thefts

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Two Brewer men pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a scheme to sell on eBay electronic items stolen from baggage they were handling.

Jarred Sproul and Timothy Mullen, both 25, stole items such as digital cameras from luggage they were handling at Bangor International Airport while employed by Piedmont Airline, a subsidiary of U.S. Airways, according to a federal prosecutor.

The two waived indictment and entered their guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to commit theft from interstate shipments during appearances in U.S. District Court. Their sentencing dates have yet to be set.

Each faces up to five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines. They also could get as many as three years of supervised release, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe presided over the Tuesday appearance because all three Maine judges recused themselves. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock, who is assigned to the federal court in Bangor, flies out of BIA.

According to an investigation by a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, the thefts occurred between about May and October of 2006.

In early August of that year, the two created an eBay user account under the name “chuck_and_chaz_r_us” that was used to list items they had stolen from BIA. The two were at Sproul’s former Bangor residence when they created the account, according to court documents.

On or about Aug 16, 2006, Mullen wrote a $650 check to Sproul, who later the same day deposited it into his account at Bangor Savings Bank. The check constituted proceeds from the sale of stolen items, court documents said.

Around Oct. 3, 2006, police executed a search warrant at Mullen’s home in Brewer. During the search, officers found several items, including several digital cameras, that had been stolen from passengers’ luggage at BIA, the federal prosecutor said.

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