ROCKLAND, Maine — A traffic stop Friday has led police agencies to uncover items suspected stolen from a series of burglaries in Knox County.
A break in the case started to develop when Deputy Nathaniel Jack of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office pulled over and arrested a man on an unrelated motor vehicle charge Friday.
During that incident, Jack observed that the person he arrested had a number of women’s rings in his possession, according to a news release issued Monday by Knox County Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.
The person has since been released from the Knox County Jail but the department said it does not want to identify the suspect yet because the investigation is ongoing.
Deputy Jack took pictures of the items.
Later that day, the Thomaston Police Department received a call regarding a burglary at a residence on Erin Street. A number of rings, along with other items were stolen. Through further investigation, the rings were identified by the victim as the ones in the photos that Deputy Jack had taken.
Sgt. Tim Hoppe of the Thomaston Police Department, working with Lt. Reggie Walker of the Knox Sheriff’s Office and Detective Sgt. Chris Young of the Rockland Police Department, then was able to develop probable cause for a search warrant on an apartment in Tenants Harbor.
Found in the apartment were items related to the burglary in Thomaston along with many other items that were seized and believed to be connected with a number of burglaries throughout the county. The value of recovered items is in the thousands of dollars, Carroll said.
With the cooperation of the suspect, the investigation continues in hopes of solving more thefts that have occurred statewide, according to police.
Many items already have been identified by some victims.