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December 6, 2012

K-9 unit captures burglary suspect

Homeowner confronts man in back of house


“The caller did the right thing by getting a good description of the guy and calling the police right away,” said Capt. Kris McCarthy, who oversees detective and firearms licenses.

“We immediately got out there and set a perimeter between Lowell and North Lowell streets as the dog attempted to track, and she was able to track (Robillard) right back to the house where he was in the shower,” McCarthy said.

“He (Robillard) admitted to being present at the house, but denied trying to break in. He said he was trying to locate a missing dog. We didn’t believe it,” he said.

Chief Solomon said citizen assistance in helping to solve residential burglaries and other crimes is invaluable to local police.

“We can’t be everywhere 24-7 (hours a day). So, citizens who see things and call really help,” Chief Solomon said.

“We always tell residents ‘Keep your eyes open and if you see something suspicious, do call. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be anything, it’s best to err on the side of caution. But we don’t want citizens to get actively involved and put themselves at risk. We really discourage that,” the chief said.

The Moffett Street homeowner said he appreciated the quick police response, but is taking additional measures to protect his property.

A series of house breaks in the city’s west end over the fall prompted him to apply for a gun license, he said.

“I applied for a gun permit because I don’t want to be a victim,” he said.

“A couple of months from now, it could be a completely different scenario. The guy who tries to break into my house could be staring down the barrel of a gun,” he said.

“Most of the neighbors already have guns. We all look out for each other’s houses,” he said.

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