MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A retired Vermont judge is facing administrative sanctions over claims he repeatedly stole from Montpelier business while serving as a county judge there.

The Burlington Free Press cites police and court records that detail the complaints of pilfering by Karl Barney Bloom, who served as an elected assistant judge in Washington County for 15 years.

Bloom told the newspaper he is not contesting the charges brought by the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board.

The 71-year-old Bloom says his retirement in July had nothing to do with the administrative charges. His term would have expired in February 2015.

The police records show a routine pattern of taking small items, such as newspapers, magazines, soup and coffee without paying at three Montpelier businesses.

Records indicate the thefts were first reported in 2010.

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