January 26, 2022

Remorse prompts confession> Man admits to burglaries

SKOWHEGAN — A Skowhegan man turned himself in to a Somerset County Sheriff’s Department deputy recently, closing the case on several burglaries in Skowhegan and the surrounding area.

Gerald W. Moody Jr., 20, told Deputy Randy Wing in late January that alcohol and drug abuse had made him “do a lot of bad things” and he was remorseful and wanted to take responsibility for his actions.

Wing charged Moody with six counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary and five counts of criminal mischief, stemming from events in Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Cornville. Detective Daniel Summers of the Skowhegan Police Department charged Moody with an additional six counts of burglary.

Wing said he was quite impressed with Moody’s surrender. “He just walked up to me and said `I believe you’re looking for me’ and told me he was very sorry about his actions,” said Wing.

According to Wing, Moody confessed to a series of crimes from the summer and fall of 1996 including vandalism to a Skowhegan camp that resulted in $7,779 worth of damage; breaking the windows at the Cornville School; a home burglary on the Munns Flat Road in Cornville; two attempted break-ins at Yorks’ Market and Irving’s, both in Norridgewock; $700 worth of criminal mischief during a burglary of the Oosoola Store in Norridgewock; and vandalism to a loader in a Norridgewock gravel pit.

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