June 18, 2018
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Swan’s Island man gets 30 days for stealing weapons

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — One of two men accused of stealing various weapons in a Swan’s Island burglary has been convicted of the crime.

Christopher Lemoine, 28, of Swan’s Island pleaded guilty earlier this month in Hancock County Superior Court to one count of burglary and two counts of theft. A second man accused in the crime, Israel David Hall, 33, of Hancock, also has been charged with burglary and theft in connection with the case but is contesting the charges.

According to a police affidavit filed in Superior Court, the victim contacted Swan’s Island police on April 22, 2012, to report that someone had forced open a door to his home and gone inside. Missing from the house were:

• A crossbow.

• Crossbow bolts, or arrows.

• Plastic arrow tips.

• A semi-automatic 9 mm handgun.

• A fully loaded 50-round handgun clip.

• A fully loaded 30-round handgun clip.

• A piggy bank full of coins.

• a hand-held wand metal detector.

• Several knives.

• A platinum ring with three inset diamonds.

• Two night-vision scopes.

• Three bags of clothes.

According to the affidavit, the victim suspected Lemoine and Hall were behind the burglary and separately confronted them about it. He showed each of them a camera memory card and told them he had recorded them committing the crime. According to police, Lemoine and Hall then each confessed to taking some of the items but denied having taken the ring or the handgun.

The victim subsequently recovered the crossbow from Hall and three knives and the bags of clothes from Lemoine, police wrote in court documents. The ring and handgun have not been recovered.

Lemoine was sentenced March 13 to 2½ years in prison with all but 30 days suspended. He also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon his release and to pay $8,495 in restitution. Lemoine began serving his 30-day term at Hancock County Jail on March 22.

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