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Man arrested twice in Merrimack County on burglary, drug charges

Just 35 miles southwest of Rochester, a 58-year-old man was arrested in September in connection with a report of an attempted burglary. He was arrested a second time in Concord about a month later, police said.

Now the Massachusetts man faces drug charges and an additional weapons charge as well. Law enforcement officials say the second set of charges stem from evidence seized during the man's initial arrest in late September.

Around 2 a.m. on Sept. 22, Concord police officers were called to a residence on a report of an attempted burglary.

While officers were taking the report, one officer said he noticed a reflection from a vehicle parked at a cemetery across the street. The officer said he went to look at the vehicle and noticed Massachusetts plates on it; he decided to observe the Ford Escort from a short distance to see if anyone approached it.

In his police report, the officer stated that within a few minutes, he saw a man briskly approaching the vehicle. The man was asked to halt and lower himself to the ground, which he did.

The man was reportedly carrying black gloves and a metal rod.

Aced why he was in the cemetery at that hour, the Malden man allegedly said he was just there to relieve himself.

Officers eventually called in a unit with a police dog; the dog reportedly traced a scent from the residence to the cemetery and then to the police car where the man was being questioned.

The Massachusetts man was that morning arrested on a variety of charges, including prowling, possession of burglary tools and a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

Late last month, the man was arrested again on charges involving the September arrest. Charges of possession of a dangerous weapon were added to the initial, identical charge. In the initial arrest, the weapon in question was a knife. But the man now faces the same charge for being in possession of the metal rod.

Police also said they found portions of six marijuana cigarettes on him at the time of the first arrest, as well as 2mg of a prescription opioid addiction medication.

It's clearly a good idea for the suspect to have a conversation with an experienced criminal defense attorney about his legal options.

Source: Malden Patch, "Malden Man Faces Prowling, Drug Charges in NH," Nov. 14, 2013

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