DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Guilford man who pleaded guilty to stealing a safe containing more than $10,000 from an Abbot home last year was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday.
Camille Gagnon Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to burglary, violation of condition of release and trafficking in prison contraband and pleaded no contest to theft. He was sentenced in Piscataquis County Superior Court.
On Feb. 2, 2012, a woman came home from work to find that her home had been ransacked and her safe was missing, according to a previous report.
A coin collection of state quarters also was stolen during the burglary.
Surveillance footage from a convenience store shows Gagnon buying beer and cigarettes with quarters.
“It shows him stacking the quarters up,” Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Guy Dow previously stated.
According to Dow, Gagnon was dropped off at the home by his then-girlfriend Amber Crocker. Crocker pleaded guilty to her role in the crime and received a deferred sentence. She must pay $5,000 in restitution to the victim.
Gagnon was ordered to pay $5,655 in restitution to the victim. However, he disputed the amount that was in the safe he stole. Gagnon said there was about $3,300 in the safe, which was never recovered.
The victim, who spoke during the hearing, said she couldn’t sleep at night after it happened.
“I was a total wreck,” she said.
Gagnon apologized to the victim and to the court.
“I feel ashamed by my life decisions. I’m very, very sorry for my actions and the pain I caused you,” he said.
Gagnon has since joined a church, and is staying at its homeless shelter, said his attorney Randy Day.
“He’s done well. He’s grown a lot since his stay there,” he said.
Justice William Anderson imposed the four-year straight sentence. Once released, Gagnon will not be on probation. He was ordered to pay $75 per month for restitution to the victim starting three months after he is released.