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Jul 14, 2015 11:34 AM

Newport man pleads guilty to stealing $200,000 worth of painting tools

The Associated Press

NEWPORT (AP) — A N.H. man has pleaded guilty to breaking into a storage building and stealing nearly $200,000 worth of professional painting equipment and construction tools.

The Valley News reports 40-year-old Russell Anderson, of Claremont, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for burglarizing the Phoenix Painting Company's storage facility on two separate occasions this year.

As part of a plea agreement, Anderson pleaded guilty to two felony burglary charges. A judge handed down two sentences to be served consecutively.

Prosecutors say Anderson's criminal history includes past convictions of similar crimes and was factored into his sentencing.

He has been ordered to pay nearly $20,000 in restitution.

Anderson's step-brother, Michael Cote, is also facing charges in connection with the break-ins.


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