AUGUSTA — A former city man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglarizing a Department of Transportation construction site and stealing rolls of copper wire to sell to a scrap metal dealer.

Shawn C. Michaud, 35, of Fayette, was sentenced to two years in prison for the burglary and theft that occurred Sept. 2, 2014, in Augusta. He also was ordered to pay $7,086.39 restitution.

Police identified Michaud as a suspect soon after the burglary because his probation officer indicated Michaud had been selling a lot of copper wire scrap to AIM Recycling, according to the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Kate Marshall.

When the officer and Augusta police Detective Eric Dos Santos went to Michaud’s apartment on Sewall Street, they found scraps of wire similar to the stolen wire, Marshall said. An affidavit filed in court by Dos Santos says, “An empty wire spool with the company tag from 66 Industrial Drive was located in plain view in Michaud’s bedroom.”

A second wire spool was located in a Dumpster outside the apartment.

Michaud told police he had stolen the items and sold the wire.