June 24, 2018
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Police charge one man, seek second in connection with Rockland burglary

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 26-year-old Waldoboro man has been arrested and a second man is being sought in connection with a February burglary at a Rockland home in which a significant amount of goods were stolen.

Richard Drew was arrested Wednesday evening by James Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

An affidavit filed by the Rockland Police Department in Rockland District Court shows a lengthy investigation following the Feb. 22 burglary of the West Meadow Street home.

The investigation also resulted in the March arrest of Heidi Moores, 28, of Rockland for receiving stolen property, hindering apprehension and unsworn falsification.

The investigation began Feb. 23 when officers found a Dodge Durango abandoned on the Bog Road in Thomaston, just over the Rockland line. The owner, who was tracked down to Florida, where he stays for the winter, said the vehicle had been left in his garage.

Officers went to the home and found it and the garage had been burglarized. A second vehicle, a Honda CRV, also was missing. Items that were determined to have been taken included a television, rings, a guitar, coins and a rifle.

The Honda later was found in a cul-de-sac at the Coughlin Park housing development on Rankin Street. Police contacted residents and determined that the people who had been driving the Honda had been at Moores’ apartment, according to the affidavit.

Police reported in the affidavit that Moores misled them in an initial interview on Feb. 23 and provided contradictory information on Feb. 25. This led police to get a search warrant and an arrest warrant for Moores. A case for a rifle, which matched one reported taken from the West Meadow Road home, was found in the apartment, according to the affidavit.

Police also searched the homes of two male juveniles whose names came up during the investigation. No stolen items were found in those searches.

The guitar was tracked down to Rock Coast Sports in Rockland, which had purchased it for $30. The store provided a surveillance tape which showed two men, who later were identified as Drew and the second suspect being sought in connection with the home burglary.

The arrest warrants were obtained on March 12 and police continued to look for both men until Drew was arrested Wednesday. Rockland police Detective Russell Thompson said the second suspect still is being sought, but police did not want to publicly release his name.

Drew made his initial appearance in Rockland District Court Friday afternoon, where Judge Patricia Worth set bail at $5,000 cash. He remained in the Knox County Jail in Rockland after the hearing.

Thompson said he does not expect charges will be filed against the juveniles who had been with the men after the burglary.

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