ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bangor man has been released from jail in Ellsworth with orders that he pay more than $1,000 in restitution for shoplifting from two stores in Ellsworth in 2003.

Toby Thurston, 49, still has not repaid Renys and Wal-Mart for the merchandise he stole with three other people on April 25, 2003. The foursome stole clothes from Renys before heading to Wal-Mart, where they stole items including a $498 computer, police said at the time. They were reported to police as they left Wal-Mart and after a 15-minute chase ended up being stopped peacefully by police in Waltham.

In April 2006, Thurston pleaded guilty in Hancock County Superior Court to theft charges stemming from the short-lived shoplifting spree.

Carletta Bassano, deputy Hancock County district attorney, said Monday that Thurston has been picked up by police multiple times in recent months because of his failure to pay the original $1,331.77 restitution order. She said he most recently was held for a few days but was released last Thursday after his restitution order was amended to $1,068.83. He had $85 in his pocket at the time of his most recent arrest, she said, which went toward the restitution.

Thurston told Justice Kevin Cuddy he had trouble repaying the money because he has been in the hospital and in jail on unrelated charges, the prosecutor said.

Besides Thurston, Sherry L. Bedard 34, of Glenburn and Terri L. Nichols, 38, of Bangor also have been ordered to pay restitution for the thefts, according to Bassano. She said she does not know how much money Bedard and Nichols have repaid.

The fourth defendant in the Ellsworth thefts, Kirk DePhilippo, 45, of Glenburn, was sentenced to five years in prison and was not ordered to pay restitution, Bassano said.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....