• Berlin thief sentenced to jail
     | February 07,2014

    BARRE — A Berlin man with a history of taking things that don’t belong to him has been sentenced to two to 10 years for burglarizing a Northfield residence in March.

    Kevin M. Atwood, 22, was sentenced Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre. He pleaded guilty in October to felony burglary and two misdemeanor counts of possessing stolen property.

    According to the police affidavit, Atwood broke into a home on Berlin Pond Road on March 22 and took $4,846 worth of items, including $600 worth of gold $1 presidential coins. On March 25, police were notified by Merchants Bank that someone had tried to cash in gold presidential coins at the bank’s Northfield branch. When the teller asked the man trying to cash the coins for identification, police say, he ran out of the bank with the coins.

    The bank sent a security camera image of the man, and police identified Atwood through previous law-enforcement contact.

    Atwood has a lengthy criminal history, including felony convictions of possession of stolen property, burglary and leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in serious injury, all in 2012. Atwood also has misdemeanor convictions for petty larceny, simple assault and retail theft, also in 2012.

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