Ripley man charged in spate of burglaries

Posted Aug. 09, 2010, at 3:01 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:34 a.m.
Timothy Rolfe, 34, of Ripley, charged with  burglaries in Parkman and Cambridge. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOMERSET COUNTY JAIL
Timothy Rolfe, 34, of Ripley, charged with burglaries in Parkman and Cambridge. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOMERSET COUNTY JAIL

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Police say the recovery of a stolen all-terrain vehicle last month helped them solve several burglaries that occurred in May in the Parkman, Wellington and Cambridge areas.

Timothy Rolfe, 34, of Ripley was arrested by Deputy Wilfred Dodge of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department last month on charges of theft by unauthorized taking in connection with the all-terrain vehicle, burglary and theft, and violating conditions of release.

Investigator Jamie Kane of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department also has since charged Rolfe with burglary and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person — namely a felon — as part of the investigation.

Kane said the ATV stolen from the Cambridge area was recovered at a Sebec residence. The homeowner, a friend of Rolfe’s, had purchased the vehicle, Kane said. While the vehicle was being recovered, the homeowner told police that other items Rolfe had left at his residence also might be stolen.

Some of the items taken from a Parkman home have been recovered, including personalized jewelry and firearms, Kane said.

Rolfe also will be charged with about 11 other burglaries at camps and homes, including three more in Parkman, according to Kane. Artwork, firearms, jewelry and a suitcase of baseball cards were among the items taken during the burglaries, he said. Entry was forced into each of the buildings.

State police also are assisting in the investigation.

Kane said Rolfe has been cooperating with the law enforcement officers.

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