Parkman man back in prison for three break-ins

Posted April 27, 2010, at 11:26 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12 p.m.
Richard Ridley. PHOTO COURTESY PISCATAQUIS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE
Richard Ridley. PHOTO COURTESY PISCATAQUIS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Parkman man who spent time in prison for an armed robbery at Foxbrook Variety in Dover-Foxcroft in 2002 is back in prison in connection with three break-ins.

Richard Ridley Jr., 32, was convicted and sentenced Monday in Dover-Foxcroft District Court for burglaries that occurred at the Parkman Town Office, Northwoods Healthcare in Guilford and the Guilford Family Medical Practice on Aug. 13, 2009.

Judge Kevin Stitham sentenced Ridley to the six years remaining on his probation violation in connection with the 2002 incident, and to two additional years with the Department of Corrections. He will serve a total of eight years in prison.

“I think that’s a good sentence,” Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Tuesday. “Mr. Ridley’s records showed that he is a danger to the community and that giving him probation again did not make sense. The judge sent him to jail for a long time because that’s where he should be so that the community is safe.”

A neighbor heard the security alarm activate at the Parkman Town Hall the night of the break-in. The neighbor called the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, then drove to the municipal building, where he saw a man coming out of the building, according to Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

Young said in August that the neighbor, who was not identified, knocked the burglar down with his vehicle. The burglar got up and ran off into a field across the road from the municipal building, where Ridley was found moments later by deputies and a state police K-9 team, he said.

Ridley allegedly smashed the power meter on the outside of the town hall before he entered and, once inside, broke an emergency light, smashed the alarm panel and pulled it off the wall in attempting to silence the alarm.

That same night, Ridley had broken into the Guilford Family Medical Practice and Northwoods Healthcare, where about 200 syringes and up to 100 needles were taken. An air-conditioning unit was removed to gain entry into the building shared by the two practices.

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