Searsmont man gets three years for rash of burglaries in Knox, Waldo counties

Posted Feb. 29, 2012, at 2:26 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old Searsmont man was sentenced Feb. 28 to three years in jail for a string of break-ins last year at camps and homes in Knox and Waldo counties.

Sean Sullivan, who pleaded guilty to breaking into two homes in Hope in and four in Searsport, was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm.

Sullivan was one of three people charged with the burglaries, which occurred in February and March of last year. The other two have already been sentenced for their roles.

In one break-in at a summer home in Hope, a number of firearms were reported taken. One gun was later recovered after it had been given as a gift to a woman.

In another break-in in Hope, 160 DVDs were reported stolen. Some of those later were recovered.

In a Searsport break-in at a camp, a 40-inch flat screen television was taken and later recovered.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald said that the burglaries were committed to support a drug habit and that the three co-defendants would split up the stolen items.

Among the charges to which Sullivan pleaded guilty are theft and criminal mischief to three of the dwellings broken into during the crime spree. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay a share of $3,577 in restitution for doors and windows broken during the break-ins.

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