June 07, 2020
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Greenville woman sentenced for theft

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Greenville woman who stole items from the Greenville Municipal Office and Indian Hill Trading Post, pleaded guilty to all but one of eight counts of theft Monday in Dover-Foxcroft District Court.

Doris Ward, 55, was fined a total of $1,570 on four counts of Class E theft, including court costs. The fines were suspended on three counts, and an eighth count of theft was dismissed. She also was ordered to pay restitution of $186. No jail time was imposed.

“I am very sorry for what I did,” Ward said in the courtroom Monday. “I’ve lost a lot of trust [from] people.”

Judge Kevin Stitham, who handed down the sentence, noted favorably that Ward had taken responsibility for her actions. “People tend to be very forgiving,” he said.

Ward, who cleaned municipal and state offices and private homes in the Moosehead Lake region, was accused of stealing a digital camera and four portable radios from the town. She also was accused of stealing several pairs of shoes from Indian Hill Trading Post.

Store officials claimed shoe losses of $1,153 in August, $635 in July and $610 in May, according to former Greenville Police Chief Scott MacMaster.

Both Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy and defense attorney Josh Tardy had recommended the fines imposed by Stitham.

Almy said the recommendation considered that Ward took responsibility and had confessed to the thefts. He called the fines significant and said it was a “reasonable disposition” based on Ward’s age and her attitude.

“She is very remorseful,” Tardy said. The thefts were “completely aberrant” for her, he said.

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