Mainer wanted in burglary spree arrested in Missouri tent, near stolen ’71 Chevy convertible

Posted April 11, 2013, at 11:52 a.m.
Last modified April 11, 2013, at 6:15 p.m.
Ronald Fuller
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Ronald Fuller

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — A Boothbay Harbor man wanted in connection with dozens of commercial and residential burglaries in Maine apparently drove a stolen 1971 Chevrolet convertible from Maine to Missouri, where he was arrested Wednesday night.

Ronald Fuller, 62, was arrested between 7 and 8 p.m. in a rock quarry in St. Francois County, Mo., about 70 miles south of St. Louis, Chief Deputy Brett Strout of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Fuller was found in a tent in the quarry near the convertible, valued at $35,000, which was stolen April 9 from a Woolwich man, according to Strout.

Federal marshals and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department went to the quarry to investigate a complaint of suspicious behavior, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department. Fuller was arrested without incident.

“They were also able to seize a significant amount of cash and jewelry,” Strout said.

Fuller is a suspect in a number of burglaries in Sagadahoc County, including one at the Montsweag Flea Market. After that burglary, Sgt. Dale Hamilton took DNA samples from tools left behind and obtained a search warrant for Fuller’s home, Strout said.

On March 26, police and federal probation officers executed a search warrant at Fuller’s home and seized “a large amount of items of interest,” a release from Boothbay Harbor Police Chief Bob Hasch said at the time.

Police have searched for Fuller since then.

Fuller is being held without bail in the St. Francois County Jail pending extradition, Officer Jared Mitkus of the Boothbay Harbor Police Department said.

He is also wanted on a federal warrant for probation revocation, according to Mitkus. Fuller is on probation from a 1998 conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon. That probation followed a term in federal prison, Mitkus said.

Mitkus said Thursday that the case is “very much still under investigation,” and he encouraged anyone with any information about the case to call Hasch or himself at 633-5616.

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story incorrectly named the man who police arrested as Roland Fuller. His name is Ronald Fuller.

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