ROCKLAND, Maine — A 41-year-old Rockland man will spend another four years in prison after being sentenced Wednesday for stealing items from 17 different cars.
Robert Sukeforth’s sentence was the result of an extensive criminal record that included 22 thefts from motor vehicles in 2008 and similar thefts in 2002.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said during the hearing in Knox County Superior Court that the sentence sends a strong message that such repeat offenses will not be tolerated.
Sukeforth was arrested after a Rockland snowplow driver spotted him running across Old County Road during the night in February and noticed footprints around cars on adjacent Meadow Way. Police responded and discovered that multiple vehicles had been entered. They were able to track down Sukeforth.
Police then received numerous calls from victims the following morning about various items that had been taken from their vehicles.
The maximum sentence for the thefts was five years.