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Bangor Man Indicted in Stolen Toys Case 

Catherine Pegram

The man who admitted to stealing thousands of dollars of toys from an organization that helps children at Christmas has been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. 57-year-old Jim Nickerson is charged with theft by unauthorized taking. Last month, Bangor police say they found thousands of dollars of toys in his home, stolen from the Toys for Tots program.Nickerson was a volunteer for the Bangor-based organization. He told TV5 he saw a chance to make a few extra bucks by taking the toys and selling them. Nickerson also apologized for what he did. District Attorney Chris Almy says that will factor into the case, but the impact to the community is still significant.”Here’s a person who’s supposed to be working with the community for the purpose of giving the children a decent Christmas. We’re in hard times right now – the economy’s not all that great. And you have somebody taking advantage of that situation and it’s upsetting to the public because we’re trying our best to keep everybody happy at Christmas and he’s out making it miserable.”Prosecutors say the estimated value of the stolen toys was at least $5,000.Nickerson has not been arrested for the crime and remains free. He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and be ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Nickerson’s scheduled to make his first court appearance in March.