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Merrimack Valley

August 2, 2013

House break suspect misled police with phony story, fake sketch

Police said he also repaired window he broke to gain entry to neighbor's home

GEORGETOWN — Roy McClung, 24, appeared to be the attentive and helpful neighbor anyone would want living next door.

After his Warren Street neighbor’s home was broken into and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics stolen June 3, McClung replaced the bedroom window smashed by the thief to gain entry to the home.

McClung had even called police earlier in the day to report a suspicious man in his backyard, between his barn and the victim’s house.

“While processing the scene, Roy McClung walked in and stated that he wanted to help his neighbor by replacing the window so they did not have to deal with it,” Detective James Rodden wrote in his narrative of the case. “When the doorway and kitchen was processed I allowed Roy in and he began preparing and taking measurements for the replacement window. I observed Roy talking to the female home-owner and her son in the living room while I was cleaning up.”

The next day, McClung spent two hours at the Georgetown Police Station working with a sketch artist to come up with an image of the supposed thief — a white male with a goatee, wearing a rope chain and Bruins cap and carrying a black backpack and duffel bag, according to police reports.

McClung’s story turned out to be as phony as the sketch, according to police.

About six weeks after the house break, Georgetown detectives learned that McClung had sold a Bose Stereo and some jewelry at Plaistow Trading and Pawn. Police confirmed the stereo was one of the items stolen from McClung’s neighbor by obtaining the serial number from the manufacturer, according to police reports.

McClung, of 56 Waren St., was arraigned Wednesday in Haverhill District Court for receiving stolen property worth more than $250. He was held on $2,500 cash bail by Judge Patricia Dowling, who noted McClung used his own driver’s license to pawn the stolen items.

Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said police wasted valuable time and resources drawing the fictitious sketch and then looking for a suspect to match it.

“This is one of the most astounding fact patterns I’ve ever seen,” DePaulo said of the case. “He boards up the victim’s windows and wastes the time of a sketch artist to come up with a completely fictitious composite.”

McClung is due back in court Aug. 29.

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