ROCKLAND, Maine — A 26-year-old Waldoboro man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for breaking into a Rockland home earlier this year, a crime that was discovered after a stolen vehicle was found abandoned.
Richard Drew was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm for burglary, theft and two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the offenses in court Wednesday.
Hjelm said the sentence was called for because of the seriousness of the offenses. He said burglaries pose a risk of injury, even though no one was hurt in this case.
Drew was arrested in May after a lengthy investigation by the Rockland Police Department. The investigation began on Feb. 23, when officers found a Dodge Durango abandoned on the Bog Road in Thomaston, just over the Rockland line. The owner of the vehicle, 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 vehicle owner’s West Meadow Road 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 an apartment in that housing development.
A second suspect in the burglary is still being sought and is believed to have fled out-of-state, Rockland police Detective Russell Thompson said Wednesday. A third person, Heidi Moores, 28, of Rockland was charged with receiving stolen property and her case is still pending.