WEST BATH, Maine — A 36-year-old man was sentenced to serve one year in prison and pay more than $17,000 in restitution after stealing jewelry and cash from two Georgetown homes.
Matthew Atwood of West Bath was sentenced last week in Sagadahoc County Superior Court to five years, with all but one year suspended. He also was sentenced to three years probation. Additionally, he must pay $17,049 in restitution to two former clients and their insurance companies.
Atwood was arrested in February 2013, and pleaded guilty in October to one count of Class B and one count of Class C theft, according to court documents.
Atwood worked for two Georgetown residents as a handyman in 2012 and 2013, according to court documents. He stole more than $1,000 in jewelry from one of the residents in November 2012.
According to an affidavit by Cpl. Aaron Skolfield of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, Atwood painted the interior of the second home in January 2013, after which the homeowner noticed cash, gold rings and a necklace missing from her jewelry box. The missing items were valued at more than $11,000.
The second homeowner later located the rings at an Auburn pawn shop and reported them to the sheriff’s office, according to court documents. The owner of the pawn shop reported that two of the rings had already been melted down.