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December 20, 2013

Police credit neighbor for thwarting burglary

SALEM, N.H. — Police are crediting an alert neighbor for the arrest of two men on burglary charges Wednesday afternoon.

The resident called police just past 3 p.m. to tell police two men — Salem residents Timothy Fitzpatrick, 22, and Paul Lagomarsino, 24 — were breaking through a basement window at a home on Pattee Road.

Responding officers encountered Fitzpatrick leaving the through the front door. After a brief struggle, he was arrested. Lagomarsino was discovered on the home’s rear deck and was arrested with no problem.

Police believe Fitzpatrick forced his way into the house through the basement window, went upstairs, then left through the front door when officers arrived.

The homeowner knew the suspects, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten. In fact, he said, Fitzpatrick and Lagomarsino had been thrown out of the home earlier. Police believe the two returned to the home later Wednesday and broke in.

Fitzpatrick is charged with felony burglary, violation of parole/probation, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Lagomarsino faces a felony burglary charge and a charge of criminal trespass.

Both men remained in the county jail yesterday afternoon.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie

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