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Rumford residents charged with stealing from elderly woman
RUMFORD -- A lengthy investigation into the theft of more than $40,000 from an elderly Rumford woman led to the arrest of three local residents.
Detective Sgt. James Bernard, who was in Paris on Friday morning for grand jury testimony, arrested David J. Hodgkins, 33, in Paris on charges of forgery, theft and home repair fraud, Chief Stacy Carter said Friday in a news report.
Late Thursday night, Rumford police arrested Hodgkins' wife, Angela Hodgkins, 29, and Henry F. Ross, 35, on the same charges.
Bail is still pending on David Hodgkins, who is currently at Oxford County Jail in Paris, an officer at the Rumford station said Friday morning.
Ross and Angela Hodgkins were released Thursday night; Angela on $2,000 unsecured bail and Ross on $1,000 cash bail. Both will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. June 14 in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.
Carter said the arrests came after a lengthy investigation by Cpl. Donald Miller and Bernard.
In late 2012, an elderly Rumford woman contacted Rumford police, saying she believed someone was stealing money from her, Carter said.
"It was determined that the victim had hired David Hodgkins to work for her, who in turn hired Ross to work with him," he said.
"Over a period of five months over $40,000 had been drained from the victim's checking accounts with checks written to Ross, Hodgkins, Hodgkins' wife, Angela, and several of their family and friends."
Carter said David Hodgkins is on probation for a 2011 forgery conviction. Additionally, Rumford police charged Ross with prior thefts.