Police say a Rutland man broke into and stole from the office of a dentist where his aunt worked.

Keenan S. Davine, 29, was arraigned on April 29 in Rutland criminal court on a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief.

He was held on $5,000 bail but released to a treatment facility.

On Thursday, Davine was back in court after completing his treatment program. His bail was reduced to nothing and he was released on conditions, including “after-care treatment plan” compliance.

Defense attorney Chris Davis said on Thursday that Davine may be offered the chance to go through Rutland County’s drug treatment court. If Davine completes drug court, he would have his criminal record expunged.

According to an affidavit, Rutland City Police Officer Jimmy Plakas said he began investigating a reported burglary at the office of Dr. Robert Hiller on North Main Street on April 27.

Plakas said staff reported finding the plastic-glass window on the door to the office had been broken.

An employee told Plakas the only thing that had been taken was $100 in cash from an envelope marked “Petit Cash.”

However, the office had apparently been searched, with items that seemed to have been knocked to the ground and a desk drawer on the ground, according to the affidavit.

Plakas said he reviewed video surveillance footage of the alleged incident.

Plakas said he saw a man in the video throw an object through the dental office’s window before reaching through the broken window to open the door. The object appeared to be a small figurine of a white lamb.

An employee of the office was also watching the video footage. Plakas said at one point, during a section of the video that showed the burglar more clearly, the employee said they recognized the man as the nephew of one of the practice’s employees.

Later that day, Plakas said he spoke with Davine’s aunt, who said other staff at the dental practice had told her about the burglary and that Davine was a suspect. She told police Davine was “struggling with substance abuse issues” and scheduled to go to rehab on April 30.

When Plakas spoke to Davine, he allegedly admitted to taking his aunt’s car and office keys to enter the dental practice. He said he broke the window after accidentally locking his aunt’s keys inside the office, according to the affidavit.

“(Davine) stated that he struggles with substance abuse. (Davine) was very compliant, respectful and cooperative,” Plakas said in the affidavit.

Edith Hiller later told Plakas the damage to the dentist’s office was about $200.

At Thursday’s hearing, Judge Thomas Zonay told Davine to “follow your conditions, do what you need to do.”

Davine told Zonay he felt better than he had during his April 29 arraignment. When Zonay asked Davine if he thought that could continue, Davine said, “With the work, yes.”

If convicted, Davine could be sentenced to more than 15 years in jail.

patrick.mcardle

@rutlandherald.com

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