BELFAST, Maine — A man who was part of a Waldo County burglary ring active in 2010 and 2011 was sentenced last week to a jail term and the payment of $14,469 in joint restitution along with another member of the ring.
Patrick R. Bickford, 24, of Brooks will spend five years in county jail with all but nine months suspended after being sentenced on Thursday at Waldo County Superior Court. He had pleaded guilty to 23 counts of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and aggravated criminal mischief, with three additional counts dismissed.
He was arrested in February 2011 after a crime spree that police described as a “free-for-all.” Bickford and the other men ultimately arrested for the burglaries apparently had entered vacant houses to cut copper piping out of the basements and in other instances would back a pulp loader truck to a broken-down vehicle, take it and sell it for scrap metal.
Police described Billy Joe Hall, 25, of Brooks as the hub of the series of burglaries. Hall was sentenced in October to eight years in prison with all but two years and six months suspended on a total of 39 counts of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and aggravated criminal mischief. He also was required to pay $25,411 in restitution.
Bickford was ordered to pay restitution jointly with Hall, according to the judgment filed at Waldo County Superior Court.
Among other items, the men stole an antique skeet shooter, copper piping, electric wiring, firearms, boat motors, 10 chain saws and a 1989 Ford pickup truck.
Bickford’s father, Smith Bickford Jr., 49, of Jackson, also was a member of the burglary ring, according to police. He was sentenced in October to two years of prison with all but 90 days suspended on several counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft. He also was required to pay $7,118 in restitution.