Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho dismissed yesterday the criminal case filed against a man accused of receiving a stolen electric fishing rod that belonged to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Camacho dismissed with prejudice or finality the information charging Thomas Coleman with one count of receiving stolen property, following the Office of the Attorney General’s motion.
In the government’s motion to dismiss with prejudice, assistant attorney general Barbara P. Cepeda disclosed that after further review of the file, the Commonwealth is not convinced that sufficient evidence exists at this time to prove the charge beyond reasonable doubt.
According to the information, between Dec. 19, 2011, and Dec. 11, 2012, Coleman purposely received or retained a stolen property—an electric fishing rod belonging to DFW.
In January 2012, police disclosed that DFW was twice burglarized over a weekend and that an estimated $20,000 worth of items were stolen.
Among the stolen items were three fishing rods.
The 54-year-old Coleman, through counsel Michael N. Evangelista, had pleaded not guilty.