Rockland man with long criminal history charged in spree of car burglaries

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, at 12:28 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 25, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.

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ROCKLAND, Maine — A 41-year-old Rockland man with an extensive record of car burglaries is being held at the Knox County Jail, accused of breaking into or attempting to break into 26 motor vehicles on Saturday night.

Robert Sukeforth was arrested Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. Sukeforth is being charged with 16 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, 10 counts of attempted burglary of a motor vehicle, and possession of burglary tools, the deputy chief said.

The arrest came after a Rockland Public Works plow truck driver spotted footprints around vehicles on Meadow Way, off Old County Road. The driver then saw a man running across Old County Road.

The man’s footprints could be followed in the fresh snow, and police eventually apprehended Sukeforth. The department found cars had been broken into on Meadow Way, Old County Road and Lawn Avenue, Tower said.

Officer Joel Neal made the arrest.

Sukeforth made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court when Judge Daniel Billings set bail at $5,000 as requested by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald.

Tower said that Sukeforth also is being investigated for possible involvement in other motor vehicle burglaries on other evenings.

Sukeforth was sentenced in August 2008 in Knox County Superior Court to four years in prison for 14 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and nine counts of theft. Fernald noted that Sukeforth also was convicted in 2002 of similar crimes.

The suspect remained at the Knox County Jail on Monday afternoon.

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