SHIRLEY, Maine — A former Greenville man who was convicted of a Monson burglary and the theft of about $10,000 in gold bars from a Bangor resident in 2008 is now behind steel bars at the Maine State Prison.
Bruce A. Moore, 47, a former Moosehead Lake region inn caretaker whose storage unit in Shirley was raided by police in May 2010, is serving a five-year sentence for probation revocation out of Cumberland County and a concurrent 54-month sentence on the Piscataquis and Penobscot county convictions.
When released from the prison in Warren, Moore will be taken to Florida, where he faces charges of felony larceny, according to a Maine State Prison official.
On Dec. 17, 2010, Moore pleaded guilty to a Piscataquis County burglary and to Penobscot County Class C forgery and Class C theft charges during a hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, according to Mike Roberts, deputy district attorney.
Moore came to the attention of police in May 2010 when the owner of the storage sheds in Shirley called regarding an illegal entry into Moore’s unit. A relative, who had opened the unit, told police that some items in the shed had been stolen by Moore, who was then in Florida. A search warrant was executed at the unit and police seized several thousand dollars’ worth of mostly new items.
At about the same time, Moore allegedly threatened the relative who had tipped off police, telling her he was returning to Maine to “take care” of her, Investigator Allen Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said in May. The department then began tracking Moore’s movement. When they learned that Moore had left Florida and was in Tennessee en route to Maine, local police asked Tennessee police to arrest and hold him.
Moore allegedly had stolen credit cards, gift cards and jewelry that included a valuable 1971 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring and a Mississippi state championship ring, which were in his possession at the time of his arrest, according to Emerson. Emerson said it was believed that Moore had been involved in several burglaries up and down the East Coast, including in Maine.
Regarding the Penobscot County case, Moore was convicted of stealing the gold bars and some blank checks from a Bangor homeowner, Roberts said Monday. He said Moore had been hired to do some work for a Bangor resident in July 2008, which was around the same time the gold bars and checks went missing. Roberts said Moore was a suspect but it wasn’t until Jan. 4, 2010, when Moore tried to cash one of the stolen checks that police had concrete evidence. The gold bars never were recovered, he said.
The Piscataquis County burglary involved money and jewelry taken from a Monson home, according to Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Those items have been returned to the owner, he said Monday.
While Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin said Tuesday that he believes many of the items taken from the storage shed were stolen from various places up and down the East Coast, the department has been unable to trace them.
As such, most of the items, which included a new couch, new television, new motor scooter, a carved wooden bear, a barbecue grill, a mattress and box spring, L.L. Bean fishing equipment, a new acoustic guitar, a new metal detector and mountain bikes, were returned to Moore’s family, Young said.
Young said most of the property in the shed was dealt with through the civil courts.
“One of the things that we have to show is not just that we think it’s stolen,” he said. “What we think was happening was he was stealing, using the money from stealing to buy some of his property and he was using stolen gift cards, but those aren’t traceable.”
Sheriff Goggin said the remaining items being held by the department are some that store owners, Moore’s neighbors and other victims have identified as stolen. He said his department intends to charge Moore in the near future with burglary and theft charges in connection with those items.