ROCKPORT, Maine — Two people accused of stealing from several midcoast homes were found and arrested in New Hampshire recently.
They were found at a pawn shop in Plaistow, N.H., last week, according to the Eagle Tribune newspaper. It’s unclear when they will be sent to Maine to face criminal charges here. They also might be charged with crimes in New Hampshire, the local newspaper reported.
Over several weeks this summer, police from Searsport, Linconville and Belfast as well as deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office shared information to find common elements in a series of burglaries in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties.
One thread of the investigation led police to a business in Bangor that buys gold and silver jewelry for its scrap metal value. Over several months, Quinn and Ariza were consistently selling thousands of dollars of jewelry for scrap, Belfast police Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said in September. Altogether, he said, the couple received more than $20,000 for the gold and silver they sold.
Based on all the evidence gathered, Detective Don Murray of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain warrants in mid-September, but Quinn and Ariza were nowhere to be found when police were ready to execute them.
Nevertheless, 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, Tim Carroll of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
Calls to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Plaistow (N.H.) Police Department were not returned Wednesday.
The southern New Hampshire edition of the Eagle Tribune, however, reported that Quinn and Ariza were picked up for being fugitives from justice out of Maine on Sept. 28 at the Rockingham Trading Post in Plaistow after someone from the pawn shop alerted police. The two had arrest warrants issued for them by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department on two counts each of burglary and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, the paper reported.
Deputy Chief Kathleen Jones of the Plaistow Police Department was quoted saying that the couple also could face charges in New Hampshire if it is determined they were trying to pawn items stolen locally.
Meanwhile, both were being held without bail in the county jail in Brentwood, N.H.