Pair accused of stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry, coins will be brought back to Maine

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 3:41 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two Camden natives who are accused of stealing about $100,000 of items from more than 50 Maine homes will soon be brought back to the state to face more than a dozen charges of burglary, theft and drug crimes.

Patrick Quinn, 36, and Summer Ali-Ariza, 29, are accused of stealing from many homes in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The couple was arrested Sept. 28 in Plaistow, N.H., as they were trying to sell items to a local pawn shop. A shop worker suspected the two were selling stolen goods and called the police.

After an initial court appearance last week in New Hampshire, the two waived extradition and will be returned to Maine by Oct. 20, Kathleen Jones, deputy chief of the Plaistow, N.H., police department, said Tuesday. For security reasons, Knox County Sheriff’s Office could not release when the pair will be brought back to Maine. They will remain in the Rockingham County, N.H., jail until then.

The couple’s five-month crime spree spanned three states and involved about a dozen police agencies, according to Waldoboro Chief Bill Labombarde. He said Quinn and Ali-Ariza broke into more than 50 homes along the Route 1 corridor and then sold stolen jewelry and coins to myriad pawn shops and gold buyers across New England. A task force made of representatives from at least six midcoast police agencies are working on mapping the thefts and contacting the gold buyers who were unknowingly involved in the crimes. Police also are asking residents along the Route 1 corridor to check their homes to ensure they have all their valuables. Anyone who suspects they were victimized should contact their local police.

Meanwhile, police continue to compile charges against the pair.

Between the Waldoboro Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office alone at least 12 warrants have been issued on multiple charges of burglary and theft. They also face charges from local police in Searsport, Belfast, Camden, Lincolnville and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, according to police.

Waldoboro was the first town that got complaints about burglaries. Labombarde said Ali-Ariza and Quinn broke into homes in that community during the daytime while people were at work.

The motive for the two breaking into dozens of homes, he said Tuesday, was drugs. The chief added that drug-related charges also are pending against the pair.

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