BANGOR, Maine — A Carmel woman who was convicted of breaking into three area homes all on the same day was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison, according to Penobscot County Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts.
Samantha White, 30, initially was charged with two counts of Class B felony burglary and two counts of Class D theft in the Sept. 13, 2013, break-ins.
“She was convicted of three burglaries in Glenburn, Levant and Carmel all on the same day,” Roberts said.
The first break-in was reported at about noon at 23 Largay Lane in Glenburn after a homeowner returned from work and found a strange vehicle — a white Suzuki Aerio with 14-day plates — idling in her driveway, Trooper Darren Vittum of the Maine State Police said at the time.
“[The homeowner] didn’t dare go into the house, so she hollered at the person, and a female subject came out of the house and said that she was looking for her friend. Then she jumped in the car and left,” the trooper said.
The homeowner was able to get the vehicle’s license plate number as it left her driveway, Vittum said.
“When the homeowner went into the house she noticed that all of her belongings were gathered up in bags piled in the kitchen,” Vittum said, adding that the haul included jewelry, cash and computers worth a couple of thousand of dollars.
The suspicious vehicle also was seen by a neighbor, who noted the car’s make and model and was able to supply that information to police, Vittum said.
Vittum said that it appears that White then broke into a residence at 506 Mudgett Road in Levant, where she stole a laptop computer.
“All of the property was recovered and returned to the owners,” he said.
When White was arrested, she was out on post-conviction bail for Class B burglary. She was supposed to have reported to jail in March to begin serving an 18-month sentence, but she never turned herself in, Vittum said.
“She was sentenced to a six-year term for the burglaries to be served concurrent with her 27-month term for probation violation,” Roberts said.
White was being held at the Penobscot County Jail on Wednesday evening, a jail official said.