Machias man gets two years for stealing $3.50 from redemption center

Posted June 27, 2013, at 6:02 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A local man has been sent to prison for two years after he pleaded guilty this week to breaking into a local bottle redemption center and stealing $3.50 in quarters.

Gary Scott, 40, had four theft convictions before he broke into the Machias River Redemption Center on Jan. 6 and Feb. 14, 2013, according to court documents. Scott was convicted of theft in Calais District Court in February 2006 and in June and September of 2007. He was also convicted in Washington County Superior Court in October 2008.

On Monday, Scott pleaded guilty in Washington County Superior Court to two counts of burglary and two counts of theft in connection with the break-ins at the bottle redemption center. He received two years in prison, with no portion suspended, for each charge and will serve each conviction concurrently. Scott’s sentence does not include any probation but does include a $200 restitution order.

Scott, a former tenant of one of the redemption center’s co-owners, broke into the redemption center on Jan. 6 by forcing open a window, according to a police affidavit filed in court. Video from a security camera at the business showed a person “clearly identified” as Scott going through the cash register and nearby papers, the affidavit indicates.

An estimated $3.50 in quarters was determined to have been taken from the cash register, according to police.

Court documents on Scott’s case did not include details about the Feb. 14 burglary.

Attempts Thursday to contact Scott’s defense attorney, David Mitchell of Calais, and prosecutor Paul Cavanaugh were unsuccessful.

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