, Salem, MA

July 13, 2013

Beverly man gets probation for purse theft


---- — BEVERLY — The modern-day Fagin who admitted in January to putting a younger man up to a series of holdups and a burglary in 2010 admitted yesterday that he had also been a thief.

Shaun Levesque, 31, pleaded guilty to stealing a woman’s Coach handbag and its contents, including an iPhone, from her car while she was paying for gas at a Beverly gas station in September 2011.

During a hearing in Salem District Court, Levesque was sentenced to three years of probation, which will run concurrently with the probation he is now serving for the 2010 cases.

He was also ordered to pay the woman more than $1,300 in restitution, plus an additional $200 in court costs to cover the overtime pay of a Beverly patrolman who had to show up at court Thursday for what was supposed to have been Levesque’s trial. Levesque failed to show up for that trial and was immediately arrested because he is on a high-supervision form of probation being tested in Essex County.

In January, Levesque, of 332 Rantoul St., Beverly, admitted that he had orchestrated holdups at a Tedeschi convenience store and at the Century Bank, both in Beverly, and had instructed the same man to commit a “smash and grab” burglary from a hobby shop in Danvers.

That man, Dasheem Dew, is serving a state prison term for those crimes.

Levesque was sentenced to serve one year of a 21/2 year jail term, with the balance of the sentence suspended for three years. He was released from jail in June, according to court records.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.