- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire 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 (https://bit.ly/1fENKkQ ) 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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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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