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Stolen Items Verdict 

A jury in Bangor has cleared two women accused of buying thousands of dollars worth of items they knew were stolen.

60-year-old Evelyn Dempsey of Hampden and 61-year-old Judy Gariepy, who lives in Arizona, were found not guilty of theft by receiving stolen property.

Police say they searched Dempsey’s home and a storage unit in April of 2007, and found $13,000 worth of stolen goods.

Among the items recovered were stoves, dishwashers, lawn mowers, snow blowers, and gas grills.

38-year-old Michael Hughes, who pled guilty to theft, told police the women gave him a shopping list of items to steal.

Hughes is scheduled to be sentenced sometime next week.

Prosecutors are recommending two-and-a-half years.