A man charged with stealing original cards and letters written by poet Robert Frost that he found in a desk donated to a charitable organization where he worked has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors.

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A man charged with stealing original cards and letters written by poet Robert Frost that he found in a desk donated to a charitable organization where he worked has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors.

Tim Bernaby, 44, of Hartland, accepted the plea deal Tuesday on a charge of unlawful taking of personal property. The charge carries a $100 fine.

Police said Bernaby took two letters and 13 Christmas cards written by Frost. They said the documents were in a desk donated three years ago to the Listen Center in White River Junction, where Bernaby worked. He then sold them for more than $25,000.

“Mr. Bernaby came into possession of the items, perhaps knowing their value, perhaps not,” Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen said in court.

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Bernaby said he found the papers in the trash. Most were addressed to Frost’s former secretary.

The Valley News ( http://bit.ly/18svIty) reported the letters are now in possession of the Plainfield, N.H., police department. A civil case will determine their lawful owner.

Bernaby’s attorney did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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