Woman pleads guilty to burglary, $15k theft

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PARIS — A 34-year-old woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaking into a Mexico residence and stealing more than $15,000.

Terra Lynn Tidswell, of 205 Cumberland St. in Rumford, pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to burglary, theft and unlawful possession of hydrocodone. The plea dismissed charges of stealing drugs, criminal mischief, attempted unlawful trafficking in Suboxone, theft, operating after suspension and violation of bail conditions.

Justice Robert Clifford accepted a plea agreement sentencing Tidswell to serve 90 days of a two-year prison sentence, with an additional 60 days on the unlawful possession charge and two years of probation. Tidswell must pay $22,000 in restitution, with $18,150 going to the homeowner and the remainder to State Farm Insurance.

Tidswell must also not possess illegal drugs, submit to random searches, attend drug counseling, and have no contact with the homeowner or her co-defendant, Chad A. Breton. She will begin serving her jail sentence on June 15.

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According to an affidavit by Sgt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department, the homeowner returned from a trip to Portland in May of last year and found his residence had been broken into. The items taken included a lockbox with $15,400 in cash, jewelry and OxyContin pills.

The homeowner told police that he had seen a Ford Explorer drive past the residence several times before he left, and gave a description matching Breton. During his investigation, one man told Hodsdon that Breton and Tidswell had burglarized the residence, and agreed to cooperate with police. He wore a concealed listening device while meeting with Tidswell, and recorded her saying that she had planned the burglary and taken part in it.

Hodsdon’s report said the stolen money was divided between Breton and Tidswell, with some money distributed to three other people. Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne said Wednesday that Tidswell used some of the money to pay for expenses while visiting family in Massachusetts.

Tidswell was also charged with unlawful possession of the painkiller hydrocodone after police found Vicodin pills during a bail check last August. Another case accused her of driving without a license and promising a confidential informant that she would obtain two pills of the opiate addiction medication Suboxone, but instead keeping the money provided to the informant by the Rumford Police Department. The charges related to this case were dismissed.

Breton has pleaded not guilty to burglary, theft, stealing drugs and criminal mischief. Beauchesne said he will be required to contribute to the restitution if he is convicted.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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