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Jury links Peter J. Dowers of Chicopee to thefts from Westhampton home

Peter J. Dowers, 23, was found guilty of one count of receiving stolen property in excess of $250 by a Hampshire Superior Court jury Thursday. He was sentenced Friday by Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson.

Jurors found Dowers not guilty on charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime and larceny over $250 in connection with the June 4, 2011, robbery.

During the investigation into the robbery, a search warrant executed at Dowers’ home recovered items that had been reported stolen, including an item prosecutors called a “very distinctive cheese scoop” and a gold watch engraved with the name of one of the robbery victims.

About $200,000 worth of sterling silver flatware and other antiques and precious metals were stolen from the house, according to court records.

Jurors deliberated for more than two hours before delivering their verdict, according to the Clerk Magistrate’s office.

Dowers received credit for 250 days of time served while awaiting his trial, which began Wednesday morning.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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