February 13, 2013

Bath painter accused of stealing from clients

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

WISCASSET — A midcoast painting contractor, who allegedly stole thousands of dollars in jewelry and cash from his clients, was charged with felony theft Tuesday after turning himself into authorities.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said 35-year-old Matthew Atwood of Bath turned himself into authorities at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset where he was charged with one count of felony theft. He was later released on $5,000 cash bail.

Merry said the theft charge stems from work that Atwood, who owns Atwood Painting Company, did last month at a home in Georgetown, Maine.

Investigators allege that Atwood stole an estimated $11,000 in cash and jewelry from the home’s owner. Some of the jewelry, valued at $7,000, has been recovered at a local pawn shop.

Police say Atwood has been active at various pawn shops where he has sold jewelry and coins. Police are trying to link those pawned items to their original owners.

Merry said police suspect that Atwood may have stolen jewelry or cash from other homes he worked in during the past year and are asking local pawn-shop owners or members of the public to come foward with information.

If anyone has recently hired Atwood and found items missing, they are encouraged to contact Corporal Aaron Skolfield at 207-443-9711.

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