GUILFORD, Maine — The man who allegedly broke into the Parkman town office earlier this month also has been charged with the break-ins at two medical clinics in Guilford on Aug. 12.
Richard Ridley, 32, of Parkman was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft in connection with the break-ins at Guilford Family Medical Practice and Northwoods Healthcare, where about 200 syringes and up to 100 needles were taken.
Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said his department had recovered physical evidence that linked Ridley to the crime and had received more information during the investigation.
Ridley is expected to make his initial court appearance on the four new charges Monday in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft. At the same time the court is expected to address his probation. Ridley, who was on probation from a 2002 robbery conviction, violated his probation when he allegedly broke into the Parkman building. Ridley fled from the building when a security alarm sounded. He has been charged with burglary in the Parkman incident.
In the clinic break-ins, an air-conditioning unit was removed to gain entry.
In another incident, a Dexter man was arrested Wednesday night on charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief in connection with a break-in at a farmhouse on Route 15 north of Monson village.
Daniel Battis, 29, is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charges Monday in 13th District Court.
It was the alertness of off-duty Greenville police Officer Tracy Lord that helped solve the break-in, Young said. He said Lord had been traveling by the farmhouse at 6 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed a vehicle pulling out of the driveway. He thought it looked suspicious so he wrote down the license plate number and a description of the vehicle.
Later that morning, the owner reported that his door had been pried open and tools had been taken. Lord provided the department with the information that led to the arrest of Battis, Young said.