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Dover man charged with armed robbery

Just a few miles southeast of Rochester, law enforcement officials say they identified and located a crime suspect after receiving information from area residents.

Police then arrested a Dover man and charged him with armed robbery of a Somersworth convenience store on Route 108, accusing him of stealing cash and cigarettes.

Police claim that the man, 25, had a handgun during the robbery. He then allegedly ran from the store and into the nearby woods.

Later, a Strafford County Sheriff's Department police dog team led officers to a spot near a car dealer's parking lot.

Police say they believe the man parked his car there and drove away after the alleged robbery.

Authorities then used the media to ask for information from area residents; they included descriptions of the suspect and a vehicle in their request. Officers also asked for input from nearby police departments.

Police said information from residents who saw a photo of the man led to his arrest a couple of days later.

He was taken into custody at his home, where police said they found evidence from the robbery, including cigarettes and cash.

Police also said they found a pellet pistol roadside on Route 108; later apparently identified as the black weapon used in the robbery.

It's possible that the defendant could spend many years in a New Hampshire state prison if convicted of this felony.

Before speaking to police or prosecutors, a person in a similar situation should speak first with a criminal defense attorney experienced in carefully examining the evidence and allegations and then effectively protecting a defendant's rights.

Source: Union Leader, "Dover man charged with armed robbery at Somersworth gas station," John Quinn, Jan. 23, 2014

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