July 20, 2018
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Arrest of St. George man helping police solve series of burglaries in midcoast

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

THOMASTON, Maine — A monthlong investigation by local police agencies has helped to solve several burglaries in the midcoast.

Ricky Block, 46, of St. George, was arrested Friday by Thomaston police Sgt. Timothy Hoppe, according to Police Chief Kevin Haj. Block was charged with a burglary that occurred several weeks ago in Thomaston, the chief said.

Block has been very cooperative and that cooperation has led to police solving three burglaries in Thomaston as well as break-ins in other local communities including Rockland, the chief said. The cooperation of Block has led to the recovery of some of the items stolen during the burglaries, Haj added.

Some of the items had been sold but Block is helping to retrieve them, according to police.

The chief credited the break in the case to the cooperation between his department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockland Police Department. The agencies continue to work together as they try to clear up a still undetermined number of burglaries.

The investigation gained steam on Sept. 28 when Knox County Deputy Nathaniel Jack stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and arrested the driver. At that point, the deputy noted that there were a number of women’s rings in the vehicle. Those rings were later found to have been reported stolen during a burglary in Thomaston.

The Knox Sheriff’s Office had sought assistance from the public in August for a series of home burglaries, many of which occurred during the day.

Block was released on bail following his arrest Friday, Haj said.

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