Holden tenant accused of stealing $50,000 from landlord to feed drug habit, police say

Posted Sept. 18, 2012, at 10:01 a.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A man living in an apartment on the Clark Hill Road was charged Sunday with breaking into his landlord’s home several times over the last month to steal valuables he had pawned for money to feed his drug habit, Holden police Sgt. Gene Fizell said Monday.

Maxwell Stein, 21, was arrested and charged with four counts of felony burglary and four counts of felony theft, which could send him to prison for up to five years for each count, if convicted.

“The [landlords] noticed things moved on the bureau and jewelry missing,” Fizell said. “The approximate value is in excess of $50,000 in cash, jewelry and other valuables.”

Brianna Stein, 21, Maxwell Stein’s wife, was charged with receiving stolen property in the break-ins, after she “admitted she had taken some of the valuables and jewelry to local pawn shops and pawned them,” Fizell said.

“Based upon their statements, it appears he was using [the money] to support his drug habits, which he admits he needs help with,” the sergeant said. He did not go into detail about what type of drugs Stein is using.

A few of the stolen items have been recovered.

“There has been some local recovery at the expense of the local pawn shops,” Fizell said. “Some of the pieces had sentimental value, as well as monetary value” and are still missing.

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