From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
On May 20, 2014, John Michael Schene, 49 year old of York, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 7 years to serve in the Maryland Division of Corrections for a continuing series of thefts, which occurred between May and October of 2011 at a sewage pumping station construction site in Bel Air, Maryland,
The defendant confessed to entering the yard of Lee Foundation Company’s job site at in Bel Air, Maryland, on at least 8 to 10 occasions, when he stole approximately 25,000 pounds of steel concrete reinforcing bars, steel concrete form parts and various pieces of miscellaneous steel slated for use in the construction by Lee Co. of a foundation for a public sewage pumping station. A surveillance camera placed on the job site by Lee captured the defendant picking up and loading stolen materials into his pickup truck.
Trial was held on August 22, 2013. The defendant was convicted of Theft Scheme in the amount of greater than $1,000.00 but less than $10,000.00, for the series of thefts from the job site. Sentencing was delayed and held on May 20,2014, due to the defendant discharging his trial attorney and retaining a new lawyer to represent him at sentencing.
Judge M. Elizabeth Bowen imposed a sentence of 10 years to the Division of Corrections, suspending all but the first 7 years which must be served in prison, 5 years supervised probation upon release and $20,080.00 in restitution to Lee Foundation Company, for theft of materials from the job site and for cost overruns experienced by the Lee Company, due to work interruptions as a result of the thefts.