ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Camden mother of three was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail for a burglary spree last year that was fueled by a need to buy drugs.

Summer Ali-Ariza — who had previously worked at MBNA and Bank of America — said her illegal drug use began after she was prescribed painkillers for injuries she suffered following a car crash.

Ali-Ariza and her boyfriend Patrick Quinn, 37, of Camden, were arrested in September 2011 and suspected of 50 break-ins at homes along Route 1 over a five-month period. Police said at the time of their arrests that approximately $100,000 in mostly jewelry and coins were stolen and then sold at pawn shops across New England.

Quinn was sentenced last month in Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast to nine years in prison with all but three years suspended to be followed by six years of probation. Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker told Justice Donald Marden Monday at Ali-Ariza’s sentencing in Knox County Superior Court that Quinn got a lengthier sentence because he was tied to many more burglaries.

Ali-Ariza pleaded no contests to a burglary and theft of two silver spoons and many personal documents from a home in Rockland last September. The items were recovered less than a week later in a storage shed outside a Camden home they were staying at as well as in two cabins they were renting at a local motel in Camden.

Walker said that hundreds of hypodermic needles also were found at the cabins being used by Quinn and Ali-Ariza.

Ali-Ariza also pleaded guilty to a burglary and theft in Waldo County. One item taken in that crime was a 1956 Belfast High School class ring that was recovered by police.

The prosecutor said that the two were stripping the jewelry of stones and then selling the gold and silver to pawn shops because of the high price being paid for precious metals.

Justice Marden sentenced Ali-Ariza to six years with all but 18 months suspended and three years probation. The sentence has been agreed to between the prosecution and defense attorney Dale Lavi of Camden. She will be given credit for the 12 months she already has served in jail.

One of the terms of probation was that Ali-Ariza have no contact with Quinn. The defense objected to that condition, however, with Lavi noting that Quinn and his client remain in love.

“If she stays clean, I see no reason for the no-contact provision,” he said.

Ali-Ariza said the two knew each other before their drug problems developed. She said she would not see him if it threatened either of their own sobriety. She said she plans to enter an inpatient substance abuse program when she is freed from jail.

The judge agreed to allow the two to see each other while they are on probation if their probation officers agree.

The 30-year-old woman said she had worked at MBNA and Bank of America in a variety of positions including management. After she was in a car crash, she said she was prescribed painkillers and that began her addiction to drugs.

Justice Marden told Ali-Ariza that she was much too educated to have become involved in drugs.

A woman whose home was the target of the Rockland burglary last year addressed the court and said she no longer feels safe in her home because of the break-in. She said she is afraid to be at the house alone or with her children and she got a dog to alert her to when someone is around the house.

The homeowner wished Ali-Ariza well, noting the seriousness of drug addiction.

33 replies on “Drug-fueled burglary spree nets Camden mother of three 18 months in jail”

    1. She was smiling then. He didn’t look so smug in the other picture. She should have gotten 18 moinths for that smile alone. Dumb just plain dumb.

  1. What a sentence ……. 18 months for over 50 (suspected) burglaries. That’s less than 2 weeks per heist.
    Nice goin’

    1. Must be an automatic reaction to seeing a camera.  No thinking involved…probably her pattern  for living, too.

  2. The photo of the mother really irritates me. This isn’t a photo shoot. When the state takes your kid away will you be smiling like that?

    1. Photo irritated me, too, Sam.  Is she so empty-headed, she thinks her picture is for a modeling portfolio?

      1. Once worked with both of them, and yes, Mainegal, she certainly is a little odd. P. Quinn’s always been trouble  –  no surprise here to me.

    2. I wonder if the officer who shoots the picture says, “smile” thinking they will know it’s sarcasm. That would explain why some of them smile.  Those who know the system don’t smile.

  3. i knew pat quinn from being kids all the way up thru school,  havent seen him in 15 years or so.  i never would have seen this coming.  see ya in three

  4. “Justice Marden told Ali-Ariza that she was much too educated to have become involved in drugs.”

    Get a clue your honor. Do you sentence HS drop outs to more severe sentences? Education has nothing to do with addiction.

    1. I was thinking the same thing when I read that quote. Maybe the judge needs more education on addiction. 

      Addiction, like every substance abuse issue, is a progressive illness. It needs more and more of whatever to get the person high or even just comfortable. It is about NOT being able to control how much you use, or if you use. It knows NO socio-economic barriers or educational barriers. 

      Ali-Ariza’s addiction started innocently enough. I am sure after the accident she really needed the pain management, unfortunately she couldn’t stop afterwards. For those who say it is a choice, how about this situation? Should she have said no to help for her injuries? I really hope she gets the help she needs, Quinn too, and get their lives back on track. It can be done, but it takes a lot work and they will both need to be careful for the remainder of their lives.

  5. I worked with her also. she was always very “alternative”. We have babies around the same time and I had met her other children on a few occasions, I feel for all of them, no child should have to know or see a parent in prison.

  6. “…She said she would not see him if it threatened either of their own sobriety…”  

    Really now? How about taking care and being responsible to your children first? Quite being so selfish Ms Ali-Ariza. Get help. Get clean and sober; your children’s welfare is at stake.

  7. When prompted to say cheese your mouth muscles turn up hence the smile. Now if she had been prompted to say, damn i got caught, the face would have made a frown and an up side down smile.
    I feel sad for the ones eating the pain meds prescribed by Dr’s after major accidents. This is a huge trek into drugdom. It seems to happen to everyone that gets on prescription legal trail rides. With no return to normalcy, so sad.

      1. I’m sorry but if you are allowed to have those hi wired pain meds long enough your going to get strung out on them. And yes it can and it does. It can even happen on steroids so don’t tell me it can’t.

  8. The judges response and all the other responses except for patom1 and raysgirl and a couple others give a pretty good indication of why we have such a prescription drug addiction problem in this state.  Ridicule, blame, ignorance, class stereotyping, social stigmas etc. all lead to the avoidance and the lack of intestinal fortitude for us to deal with this issue head on and make it a thing of the past.  I recommend that everyone get educated about drug addiction.  It just might help someone close to you someday.

  9. “Justice Marden told Ali-Ariza that she was much too educated to have become involved in drugs.”

    What kind of a statement is this from a judge? She was prescribed a medication for pain from an educated person, a doctor. There’s a lot of people that have become addicted to pain killers in this way. I don’t believe that education or lack of education has anything to do with it.

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