February 22, 2011 in City

Prolific thief convicted in third trial

By The Spokesman-Review
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Dennis Miller holds a crowbar which a thief used in August to break into some of Miller’s wooden coin boxes, like the one at left, in his South Hill basement Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. Gary McCabe was convicted of the burglary Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
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It took three tries, but a jury has convicted prolific thief Gary D. McCabe of burglary for the 17th time.

A jury on late Friday found McCabe, 45, guilty of residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance. They acquitted him on one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.

McCabe was convicted of stealing more than $25,000 worth of rare gold and silver coins from a man who began his collection in 1960. McCabe, who recently was sentenced to seven years in prison for an earlier burglary, faces a similar sentence when he is sentenced on March 8 before Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque.

Two previous trials ended in mistrial, including one time when a juror deduced — correctly — during the trial that McCabe was the burglar who broke into her home last August.

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