ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old Union man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in prison after admitting he participated in a theft spree through four counties.
Daniel Roy admitted to, among other crimes, helping to steal $83,000 worth of metal from a Rockland business, stealing cars and taking catalytic converters from more than a dozen vehicles. The victim of one of those thefts had a letter read to Justice Jeffrey Hjelm about the impact of the crime.
Roy pleaded guilty to numerous counts of felony theft and criminal mischief during a more than hour-long hearing in Knox County Superior Court. Hjelm sentenced Roy to four years and nine months in jail, an agreement that had been recommended by the district attorney’s office and defense attorney Eric “Rick” Morse.
Roy has been held at the Knox County Jail since his arrest in October.
The offenses occurred from 2011 through the fall of 2013 in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties.
The largest theft in terms of dollars involved $83,000 worth of stainless steel sheets taken from a storage area in Thomaston used by Steel-Pro, a Rockland-based company. During the probe into that theft, investigators found that a truck had broken an axle outside the storage area and had to be towed. Police then learned that Roy had purchased a speciality tool needed to cut up stainless steel.
The catalytic converters were stolen from cars parked at numerous locations, including at Cony High School and Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, behind Peaslee’s Quick Stop in Jefferson, and outside homes in Camden, Washington and Liberty.
The converters, which contain platinum, were recovered at a scrapyard in Lisbon.
The total cost of the catalytic converters stolen was nearly $15,000, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody.
One of the victims, a 63-year-old woman, wrote to the court explaining that her 1998 Toyota was the best car she had ever owned. When she drove it after the catalytic converter was stolen, however, the car broke down, and she ended up selling it for parts. The cost of repairs would have been $3,000 because the radiator also had been cut, which caused damage to the engine. The woman said she drives a 1992 car with more than 300,000 miles because she cannot afford another vehicle.
The woman did not appear in court because, according to the victim witness advocate, she did not want to waste another day because of Roy.
During the sentencing hearing, Baroody also pointed out that Roy still owes restitution on a 2007 theft conviction.
Morse argued that his client has taken responsibility for the crimes. He said Roy committed the thefts to feed a heroin addiction, and his client suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome as a result of being abused repeatedly as a child by his stepfather.