By Marjorie Nesin
---- — GLOUCESTER — A fugitive who was wanted for years on a series of theft charges out of Alabama and had been living on Middle Street was arrested by Gloucester Police Thursday after officers saw an alert on the National Crime Information Center for the man.
According to Gloucester police, Richard Young, 52, is facing charges of illegally possessing a credit card, theft of property, and burglary. Police said that Young had been living at 64 Middle St., but are unsure how long he has been at that address.
According to the police report, Detective Thomas Quinn contacted Young and asked him to come to the police station Thursday about 11 a.m. for an interview. Young agreed, likely because he was unaware of warrants for his arrest, police said. Officers then arrested Young at the police station, officers said.
Alabama’s Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department sent documentation to Gloucester police requesting that Young be extradited. Young was being held in Middleton Jail as of Friday morning, according to a Department of Corrections spokesman.
Young was arrested in 2001 for illegally possessing a credit card, according to criminal records. He was held on a $5,000 bond after that November arrest.
In March 2005, Young was again arrested and charged with four counts of property theft and two counts of burglary in the third degree.
Young was born in Alabama, and reportedly spent time in Louisiana in addition to Gloucester.
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