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Man who stole keys, pickups, guns from homes, businesses sentenced

WILLISTON -- A man who'd racked up dozens of criminal charges during string of burglaries and thefts in Williston last fall is headed to prison for four years but blamed it on drugs and will also go to treatment.

WILLISTON - A man who’d racked up dozens of criminal charges during string of  burglaries and thefts in Williston last fall is headed to prison for four years but blamed it on drugs and will also go to treatment.

Sean Haskins pleaded guilty to more than 25 felonies and about half as many misdemeanors in court Monday morning.

Haskins, 24, became emotional during the hearing, telling the judge that the string of crimes was directly related to his struggles with drug addiction. He’d undergone treatment and moved to Williston for a clean slate, but things didn’t go as planned.

He asked for a referral to Tompkins Rehabilitation and Corrections Center in Jamestown, a request that the judge granted. “It’s something that could very well save my life,” Haskins said.

According to prosecutors, a lengthy list of break-ins and reported stolen items were eventually traced back to Haskins after his initial arrest in November on a drug charge.

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Among his targets were vehicles, businesses and an apartment complex where he’d formerly worked, where he made off with about 200 keys to individual residences, nearly 40 garage openers, the property’s master keys and some tools, Madden said.

Other heists included stolen pickups, guns, credit cards and other valuables from residents and companies in Williston.

 

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