Jay man pleads not guilty to thefts, burglaries

Posted Sept. 22, 2012, at 2:26 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Jay man pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of theft and burglary during an arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court on Friday.

Jeromy Merchant, 31, faces 19 charges, including seven felony counts of burglary, seven felony counts of theft, two felony counts of receiving stolen property and one felony count of attempted burglary at homes in Franklin County during June and July.

Merchant also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of burglary tools and violation of condition of release.

Justice Andrew Horton agreed to order an evaluation of Merchant’s state of mind at the time of the offenses, as requested by his attorney, Walter Hanstein.

Merchant is accused of committing three burglaries in Jay and one in Perkins Township in June. He is also accused of burglary in Carthage and Weld and an attempted burglary in Weld in July.

He was arrested on a probation violation July 10 by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies after they were called to an attempted burglary on Center Hill in Weld. The resident was home and scared the intruder off after he attempted to gain entrance with a screwdriver.

In these charges, Merchant entered about 10 homes while out on bail in an unrelated case, and sold and pawned thousands of dollars worth of items taken from them, Assistant District Attorney James Andrews stated at a bail hearing in July.

Merchant remains incarcerated on a probation violation.

 

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