ELLSWORTH — A construction worker accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of silver, gold and jewelry from a Mount Desert resident is to spend six months behind bars after pleading guilty Nov. 3 in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court.
David Hickman, 30, of Hancock was sentenced to five years in prison with all but six months suspended. Hickman also was ordered to pay $18,840 in restitution to the victim and serve three years probation, according to Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett.
Hickman pleaded guilty to Class B theft and violating the conditions of his release, the same charges on which he was indicted last month by a Hancock County grand jury.
Hickman was painting and doing repair work at a home in the village of Somesville during the fall of last year when he allegedly stole silverware, jewelry and gold, Kellett said. The stolen items are valued at $36,440.
The thefts were discovered at Christmastime when the homeowner went to get out the silverware for a holiday dinner. She then looked around the home, found other items missing and called police, Kellett said.
Officer Ken Mitchell of the Mount Desert Police Department began an investigation which led him to a pawn shop in Machias. There, the officer learned that Hickman had been selling silver and other items. Among the other items was a unique diamond and ruby brooch the pawn shop sold through the auction website eBay.
Hickman was charged with violating conditions of release because he was on bail at the time of the thefts for a charge of operating after revocation. The court sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail concurrently on that charge.
Under an agreement with the court, Hickman is to repay the $18,840 in several steps, Kellett said.
His period of incarceration has been stayed until Jan. 1. At that time, he is to make $2,000 in restitution. Upon his release, Hickman is to pay $300 each month and contribute another $1,000 annually from his income tax returns, Kellett said.