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Attempted theft and property crimes reported by homeowner

Attempted burglaries sometimes create the dangerous situation of strangers roaming through occupied residences. Attempts to commit theft and property crimes by entering into private residences happened at least twice in New Hampshire recently, according to the Atkinson Police Department. The police chief of that town reported an arrest recently of a 27-year-old male who absconded from a private home when confronted by the owner.

Police responded to a 5:43 p.m. call where the homeowner told them that he confronted a white male intruder inside the house. When confronted, the intruder allegedly told the owner that he was looking for a certain named individual. Police say that the person named has never lived at the address. The man escaped in his car, but the homeowner was apparently able to remember the license plate number, per the police.

While Atkinson police were looking for the described suspect, the Brentwood police had reportedly been holding a man who fit that same description for driving with a suspended driver's license. He was turned over to the Atkinson police and charged with criminal trespass. In the second incident, which allegedly occurred in September, another homeowner confronted an unknown male who also gave the name of someone he said he was trying to find.

As the homeowner walked into his residence, the intruder came out, gave the owner that story, and then quickly jumped in his car and drove over the front lawn to escape in his vehicle. There are currently no leads in that incident. There was nothing missing from both homes, according to police. 

New Hampshire authorities warn residents to lock their doors and take other enumerated precautions for safety. In the above arrest, criminal defense counsel will investigate carefully whether there are any fallacies in the identification of the license plate or the suspected individual. A faulty identification could give the defendant a strong defense. Conversely, if there is a strong eyewitness identification of the suspect, then plea negotiations will likely ensue. In attempted theft and property crimes of this nature, where plea negotiations are necessary, defense counsel will argue that the suspect was unarmed, did not use violence or physically confront the owner, and he did not take anything.

Source: eagletribune.com, "Two Atkinson residents come home to strangers, robbery attempts", Breanna Edelstein, Oct. 18, 2017

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