A 24-year-old Camden man was sentenced April 22 to two years in prison for a two-day crime spree that included burglary, theft and eluding police in a car chase.

Benjamin Rankin pleaded guilty to five charges — burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, giving a false name, eluding an officer and aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation.

Three charges, including endangering the welfare of a child, driving to endanger and criminal trespass, were dismissed.

Rankin and his girlfriend, Amanda Secotte, 25, were arrested March 29 and charged with theft, criminal trespass and burglary after stealing a television, safe and a camera from a Beechwood Street home, according to an affidavit.

The pair was at the Thomaston home earlier in the day to ask about a vehicle the homeowner had for sale. The victim told police she mentioned to Secotte she was going to run errands in Rockland, according to court documents.

An employee of Brooks Trap Mill told police they saw Rankin piling things into a green Jeep from the home.

When the homeowner returned, she called police to report missing items.

Sgt. Timothy Hoppe of Thomaston Police Department contacted local law enforcement agencies including Knox County Sheriff's Office to alert them to the wanted couple.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Spear pulled the pair over on Route 17 and arrested them March 29, after the pair previously eluded officers.

The stolen items were returned to the owner.

On March 28, the day before the duo was apprehended, Spear was in Thomaston when he saw Rankin driving on Main Street. Spear pulled Rankin over on Old County Road, where he saw two small children and Amanda Secotte were passengers in the car, said court documents.

Rankin gave Spear a different name than his own and said he could not find his driver's license. Spear then returned to his cruiser to look up information about the name Rankin had given, knowing Rankin was lying, according to the police narrative.

Hoppe arrived to assist Spear when Rankin drove from where he was stopped. The affidavit states Rankin was driving fast and passing cars four or five at a time.

The officers decided it was not safe to continue chasing Rankin and alerted other departments to be aware of the vehicle he was driving.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.