ROCKLAND, Maine — A 20-year-old South Thomaston man is serving a seven-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from a home on Vinalhaven.
Jacob Mondello pleaded guilty on July 30 in Knox County Superior Court and was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but seven months suspended for felony theft. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm also placed Mondello on probation for three years.
Mondello also was ordered to repay $14,000 to the two people whose money was stolen. A second defendant, 19-year-old Vincent Hilt of St. George is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Sept. 22.
Following their arrests in April, $204,000 of the money stolen was recovered and returned to the owners. Before they were apprehended, however, the pair had gone on a brief spending spree, which including the purchase of a boat.
The boat was returned to its former owner and the money returned to victims of the theft.
The $14,000 to be repaid is the amount not recovered.
At the time of their arrests, Sheriff Donna Dennison explained when asked about the amount of money involved that fishermen often keep large amounts of cash in their homes.
Detective Don Murray and Deputy Rob Potter investigated the case.