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January 18, 2014

Southern N.H. police may have key to burglary spike

Burglaries in four towns may be linked to suspects

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Patten said police had no problem with dogs and Cooper was arrested without incident. She was booked and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

“The investigation is active and ongoing, with the potential for more arrests and charges,” Patten said.

But Usher may be the key to solving as many as several dozen burglaries in the region.

Patten said his town has seen a spike in residential burglaries in recent months and Usher is a suspect in that town.

Her arrest by Derry police led to the search warrant in Salem.

Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said his town has seen more than a dozen burglaries over the past month and a half, burglaries in which cash and jewelry were taken.

Usher is the suspect in a burglary on Dustin Avenue Jan. 2. The homeowner found a back door forced in and jewelry missing. The jewelry — gold earrings, necklaces, watches and bracelets — turned up at Cash for Gold this week. Usher had pawned the jewelry for a total of $100, according to court records. That incident resulted in the charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

On Wednesday, two Derry detectives had Usher under surveillance, according to affidavits filed in 10th Circuit Court in Derry.

Detectives Benjamin Doyle and Christopher Talbot were watching Usher and saw her pull into a driveway on Dexter Street twice Wednesday morning.

Neighbors on Dexter Avenue told police they had seen a woman matching Usher’s description prowling around a house. She left when confronted by a neighbor, Thomas said.

The detectives followed Usher to Kingsbury Street, where they watched her come out of a house about eight minutes after she approached the door.

Police pulled Usher’s vehicle over and took her into custody on the warrants for the earlier burglary. They found items stolen from the Kingsbury Street residence in her car. While Usher was being booked on burglary charges, she admitted the items had been stolen from Kingsbury Street, according to a court affidavit.

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