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2/25/2014 9:16:00 AM
Boothbay Harbor Burglary Defendant Charged in Sagadahoc County
Ronald G. Fuller
Ronald G. Fuller
J.W. Oliver

A Boothbay Harbor man guilty of stealing a car and allegedly responsible for 21 burglaries in Lincoln County also faces burglary charges in Sagadahoc County.

Ronald G. Fuller, 63, of 57 Crest Ave., allegedly burglarized a Woolwich antique shop May 26, 2012 and the residence of Norma Scopino, the longtime proprietor of the Montsweag Flea Market, Dec. 29, 2012.

Fuller faces one count each of Class B and C burglary and two counts of Class B theft by unauthorized taking.

A Sagadahoc County grand jury indicted Fuller Oct. 27, 2013. The charges only became public this month.

The state had sealed the files because, although Fuller has been in custody since April 10, 2013, he had not been arrested on the Sagadahoc County warrants.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Jared Mitkus arrested Fuller on those warrants at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset Feb. 4.

The grand jury charged Fuller with the May 26, 2012 burglary of Ed's Stuff, an antique shop at 97 Main St. in Woolwich.

Fuller allegedly stole antique and collectible coins, including valuable gold and silver pieces; as well as belt buckles and medals. The items have a collective value of more than $10,000.

A separate indictment charged Fuller with the Dec. 29, 2012 burglary of the Scopino residence. Fuller allegedly stole more than $10,000 in jewelry, as well as cash, a knife collection and a pair of antique binoculars.

Scopino died Feb. 26, 2013. She founded the Woolwich flea market in 1977.

Fuller faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the Class B counts; five years and $5,000 for the Class C count. The case is scheduled for a hearing at the West Bath courthouse at 8:30 a.m., March 19.

Fuller's court-appointed defense attorney, James Hewes, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fuller faces 59 charges in connection with 21 burglaries in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, Southport and Wiscasset between January 2012 and March 2013. His next court date in Lincoln County is Monday, April 7.

He has pleaded guilty to the April 8, 2013 theft of a 1971 Chevrolet Malibu from a Woolwich man. He drove the antique auto to Missouri, where he was arrested.

He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for stealing the car and violating his federal probation in U.S. District Court in Portland Feb. 18.

Fuller has a long criminal history, with convictions for assault and battery in 1968, breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny in 1973, burglary in 1975, theft in 1978, robbery in 1986 and possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon in 1998.

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