A Falmouth man was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in state prison following a jury trial in Barnstable Superior Court. According to a release from the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office, 33-year-old Robert Madigan was found guilty of unarmed burglary, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, larceny over $250, vandalism, failing to stop for a police officer, operating to endanger and driving with a suspended license.
In addition to the 8 to 10 year sentence, Judge Robert C. Rufio sentenced Madigan to 10 years probation after his jail time.
On October 20, 2013, Falmouth police were investigating a break-in at a Shepard's Place home when a call came in about an attempted break-in on Tarpon Road. A neighbor had reported seeing a man walk around the home with a flashlight, according to the release. When officers arrived minutes later, Madigan and his cohort, Ronald Renaud, were leaving the neighborhood in a car. Madigan refused to stop and led police on a brief chase which ended with Madigan skidding to a stop and attempting to flee the car on foot. Renaud, was trapped in the car having broken the passenger door handle when trying to escape.
The jewelry and coins stolen from the Shepard's Place home were inside the car with Renaud. Officers also recovered a latex glove matching a latex glove found in the yard of the Tarpon Road home. Renaud and Madigan had not succeeded in entering the Tarpon Road home, but had cut through a slider screen and broken the casing around the front door, the DA said.
When Madigan ran from the car, he went to a neighboring house and asked to use the phone to call for a ride. The homeowner let Madigan use the phone, but finding ther request odd, called police.
Renaud had previously pleaded guilty to unarmed burglary and several other charges, according to the DA.
The prosecutor on the case was Assistant District Attorney Nicole Manoog. Falmouth police, with the assistance of the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, investigated the case.