ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Surry residents and one Fort Fairfield man after they were indicted by a Hancock County Grand Jury April 5 in connection with numerous camp burglaries.
Gary Goodrich, 21, of Surry was arrested on an indictment charging 14 counts of theft and 13 counts of burglary April 10.
At the same time, deputies arrested Goodrich’s girlfriend, Kayla Bulleman, 21, of Surry, on an indictment charging 14 counts of theft and 13 counts of burglary, police said.
On April 12, police arrested Jacob Richardson, 20, of Fort Fairfield on an indictment charging 14 counts of theft and 13 counts of burglary.
A juvenile summons was issued to Jacob Richardson’s 17-year-old girlfriend on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.
Law enforcement agencies Downeast have been working on the case for several months.
“In November of 2017, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of camp burglaries in towns on the eastern side of Hancock County and the western side of Washington County,” said Chief Deputy Pat Kane. “One burglary was a year round home in Hancock. The stolen property included fishing gear, firearms, televisions, archery equipment and tools. A joint investigation occurred that involved the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Maine Drug Enforcement, Maine State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.”
“Based on evidence obtained during the investigation and information provided through a MDEA confidential informant, four search warrants were executed in the towns of Hancock and Surry in November and December of 2017,” Kane said. “The searches resulted in recovering a large amount of property that was stolen from the camps. Several items of stolen property were recovered at the residences of Jacob Richardson and Gary Goodrich. One stolen shotgun was recovered during the searches. Four other stolen firearms have not yet been recovered.
“The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated,” said Kane. “Anyone receiving property from these individuals between October 2017 and January 2018 are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s office.”
Authorities still have stolen property not yet identified by camp owners.
“…It is expected other camp burglaries occurred that have not yet been discovered,” said Kane. “People discovering burglaries to their camps are encouraged to call the sheriff’s office.” Call 667-7575.
Richardson last November was charged with creating a police standoff. While officers were executing a search warrant at his house, they heard the action of a firearm being worked, Kane said.
Richardson and his girlfriend exited the residence about 30 minutes later. A stolen pump shotgun was recovered from the residence, according to police.