Man Sentenced in Purse Theft

ELLSWORTH — A Hancock man accused of taking a purse containing nearly $1,500 from a Southwest Harbor residence was sentenced Nov. 20 to 30 days in jail.


Eric Warford, 26, was sentenced in Hancock County Superior Court after pleading guilty to a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. A burglary charge against him was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Mr. Warford also was ordered to pay $1,450 in restitution. His sentence was stayed until Jan. 2.

Mr. Warford and Stephen Hanson, 28, of Southwest Harbor were charged for a Sept. 30, 2008 incident in which one of the men climbed partway through a window of a trailer during the early morning and grabbed the purse. The owner of the purse was able to give police a description of the vehicle the burglars were in and the clothes they were wearing, deputy district attorney Carletta Bassano said.

Police suspected Mr. Warford and Mr. Hanson because they were known to use a vehicle similar to the one described by the victim. Investigators obtained a surveillance video from a Southwest Harbor store taken around the time of the burglary showing the two men with the vehicle and wearing clothes of the same type the victim described. Subsequently, a warrant was issued for the arrest of both men on burglary charges.

Mr. Hanson was sentenced in superior court on Oct. 29, also after pleading guilty to a theft charge. He too, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution.

Mr. Hanson had previously been convicted of taking more than $40,000 in cash and checks during a 2003 theft at Gott’s Store in Southwest Harbor. He was sentenced to four years in prison for that incident. His co-defendant in the case, Cory Sargent of Ellsworth, was sentenced to three years in prison.

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