June 22, 2018
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3 Rumford residents accused of stealing more than $40,000 from elderly woman

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal

RUMFORD, Maine — A lengthy investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars from an elderly Rumford woman led police to arrest and charge three Rumford residents with felony crimes.

Detective Sgt. James Bernard, who was in Paris on Friday morning for grand jury testimony, arrested David J. Hodgkins, 33, in Paris on Class B charges of forgery and theft, as well as home repair fraud, a misdemeanor, Chief Stacy Carter stated Friday morning in a news report.

Late Thursday night, Rumford police arrested Hodgkins’s wife, Angela Hodgkins, 29, and Henry F. Ross, 35, on the same charges.

Bail is still pending on David Hodgkins, who is at Oxford County Jail in Paris, an officer at the Rumford station said Friday morning.

Ross and Angela Hodgkins were released Thurday night; Angela on $2,000 unsecured bail and Ross on $1,000 cash bail. Both will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. June 14 in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

Carter stated that the arrests came after a lengthy investigation by Cpl. Donald Miller and Bernard.

In late 2012, an elderly Rumford woman contacted Rumford police, saying she believed someone was stealing money from her, Carter said.

“It was determined that the victim had hired David Hodgkins to work for her, who in turn hired Ross to work with him,” he said.

“Over a period of five months over $40,000.00 had been drained from the victim’s checking accounts with checks written to Ross, Hodgkins, Hodgkins’s wife Angela, and several of their family and friends.”

Carter said David Hodgkins and Ross previously have been arrested for similar conduct.


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