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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
November 05, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - A city man will serve five years in state prison after pleading guilty to breaking into a Fairhaven home and stealing a laptop computer.
William Lomas, 30, of 2 Harmony St., also admitted to breaking into a parked car near the Sconticut Neck Road home and stealing a woman's camera.
Mr. Lomas, who has an extensive criminal record, will be on probation for two years following his release. Conditions of his probation will include making restitution, staying away from the victims and submitting to alcohol and drug testing.
Mr. Lomas has 12 prior convictions for breaking and entering, as well as multiple larceny convictions. His new sentence will be his first in state prison.
Burglary, larceny, and breaking and entering charges are still pending against co-defendant Sage Vandersluis, 29, of 86 David St.
Police said both men broke into a Sconticut Neck Road house during the late-night hours of July 9. Police stopped the defendant less than a mile from the break and seized the stolen goods, court records said.
Officer Richard Ciccone stopped the getaway van the defendants were reportedly driving. In the vehicle, the officer found a stolen laptop, digital camera and a Blackberry phone. The officer also found bolt cutters, pry bars, flashlights, window breakers, a Garmin GPS unit, a large black hunting knife and the laptop's power pack.
Assistant District Attorney Steve Gagne prosecuted the case.
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