July 18, 2018
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Knox County police searching for pair wanted in burglary spree

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — Police are looking for a Knox County man and woman who are wanted in connection with multiple burglaries and thefts of jewelry, old coins and more around the midcoast.

Patrick Quinn, 36, of Rockport and Summer Ali Ariza, 19, of Camden disappeared this week before officials were able to arrest them on charges of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.

Police are not releasing their photographs or descriptions, according to Chief Deputy Tim Carroll of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities from the sheriff’s office and the Waldoboro Police Department worked overnight on Sept. 9 as they gathered information from a Warren home invasion and burglaries in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties that led them to Quinn and Ariza, Carroll said.

“One warrant led to another warrant led to another,” he said Friday night. “They had a busy day and night.”

As a result of the warrants, police seized items connected to the couple that included heroin, bath salts, oxycodone, marijuana, hundreds of hypodermic syringes and other drug paraphernalia, $4,000 cash, old coins, jewelry, stolen lock boxes and burglar tools, Carroll said in a press release.

He said that more charges are expected to come, and added that some of the information that led to the warrants came as a result of a burglary task force formed by members of the Searsport, Camden, Waldoboro, Lincolnville and Belfast police departments and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this week, Chief Jeff Trafton of the Belfast Police Department told the BDN that one of his detectives had been checking lists of names of people who had sold jewelry to a Bangor-based firm that buys scrap gold and silver.

Over the last several months, the Rockport man and woman were consistently selling thousands of dollars of jewelry for scrap, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham. Altogether, the couple apparently sold more than $20,000 worth of gold and silver to the Bangor outfit.

The value of the jewelry is likely to be much higher than what was paid for it as scrap metal, as such outfits usually melt items down for the gold, he said.

Anyone with information about the location of Quinn or Ariza is asked to call Knox County Sheriff’s Detective Don Murray at 594-5656.

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