Boothbay man admits stealing ’71 Chevy Malibu, driving it to Missouri

Posted Nov. 11, 2013, at 8:37 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 11, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
Ronald Fuller
Ronald Fuller

PORTLAND, Maine — A Boothbay Harbor man waived indictment Friday and admitted in U.S. District court to stealing a 1971 Chevrolet Malibu convertible and driving it to Missouri earlier this year.

Ronald Fuller, 63, pleaded guilty to transportation of a stolen vehicle. He also admitted he violated his supervised release on gun charges.

Fuller is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge
George Singal on both matters in February.

He also has been identified as a suspect in dozens of commercial and residential burglaries in Lincoln County and surrounding counties, according to a previously published report.

Police recovered two truckloads of jewelry, coins, currency and other collectibles from Fuller’s residence on Crest Avenue on March 28, the Boothbay Register reported that same day.

Information about all possible pending state charges was not available Monday. Fuller was charged in March with three counts of burglary, and one count each of theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief and possession or transfer of burglary tools, according to federal court documents.

Fuller was arrested April 10 in a rock quarry in St. Francois County, Mo., about 70 miles south of St. Louis. He was found in a tent in the quarry near the convertible, valued at $35,000, which was stolen April 8 from a Woolwich man, according to federal court documents.

U.S. marshals brought Fuller to Maine in May, according to the federal court’s electronic case filing system.

Police found in Fuller’s tent about “$8,300 in cash, paperwork for the Malibu, hand-written directions from Maine to Missouri, and a large amount of gold and silver jewelry,” according to the prosecution version of events to which Fuller pleaded guilty Friday.

Fuller had served about 3½ years of a five-year term of supervised release when he was arrested this spring. He was sentenced in January 1998 in federal court in Portland to 14 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Gene Carter after pleading guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

He was arrested on those charges the previous summer after an antiques dealer browsing at a Woolwich flea market recognized jewelry that had been stolen from a Wiscasset store, according to a previously published report. Police interviewed Fuller briefly before he took a loaded .32 caliber semiautomatic pistol from his van and bolted toward woods behind the flea market. An officer tackled him about 200 yards from the van.

In 1998, Fuller was classified as an armed career criminal under the federal sentencing guidelines due to his prior convictions in Maine, New Hampshire and Florida. He was released from federal prison in fall 2009 and began serving his supervised release Oct. 15, 2009, according to court documents.

On the car theft charge, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He also could be sent back to prison for violating his supervised release.

If convicted on the burglary counts, the most serious charges, in state court, Fuller faces up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

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