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Sheriff Thompson voices frustration with bail reform laws after series of robberies

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Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson addressed residents following the arrest of Ron E. Poore, a 40-year-old man from Gardiner, Maine, in connection with a series of robberies in the Town of Tyre. Poore was charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors related to the incidents on March 9 and 10. Despite the severity of the charges, Poore was released on his own recognizance due to bail reform laws, sparking concern from Sheriff Thompson.


The arrest came after investigations into three separate incidents where victims were threatened or physically assaulted during robbery attempts. Poore, who was also alleged to have operated a stolen vehicle and attempted to evade arrest, was taken into custody without incident. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with the District Attorney, charged Poore with robbery, attempted robbery, and petit larceny.

Sheriff Thompson expressed his frustration with the bail reform laws, emphasizing the danger Poore posed to the community and highlighting the impact on the victims. Thompson called for a reassessment of public safety measures during arraignment proceedings, stressing the need for discretion in the interest of community safety. He remains hopeful that the incident will prompt a reevaluation of policies to better protect the public and ensure the wellbeing of Seneca County residents.