Man arrested for burglary of 'thousands of items'
Collaborative effort by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the Thomaston Police Department and the Rockland Police Department resulted in the arrest of a man for the burglary of thousands of items across the state, said Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj.
Ricky Block, 46, of St. George was arrested Oct. 19 by Sgt. Tim Hoppe of the Thomaston Police Department.
Block served time for burglary previously and was released approximately a year ago.
Haj said Block has been cooperative and has continued to bring in stolen items to the department.
Block admitted to selling some stolen items, but is working to recover the loot, said Haj.
The recovered items from Block's apartment have been sorted and documented in a photo catalog. Some items have been identified by owners.
The stolen items are valued at "several thousands of dollars," said Haj.
"We have 218 pairs of stud earrings alone," he said.
Block has been released on bail.
The investigation began when Deputy Nathaniel Jack of the Knox County Sheriff's Office conducted a routine traffic stop and the operator of the vehicle was arrested. The subject operating the vehicle was in possession of several women's rings and photos of the jewelery were taken by Jack.
The Thomaston Police Department received a call regarding a burglary at a residence on Erin Street the same day, and the rings found during the traffic stop were identified by the victim.
Two search warrants of Block's home in Tenants Harbor recovered the many stolen items.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at JLaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.