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New Hampshire

October 11, 2012

Salem police investigate burglaries

SALEM — Police are investigating five burglaries they believe may be related.

The burglaries took place at homes across town, including Zion Hill Road, Elizabeth Lane, and Sylvan and Hazelwood drives, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

The incidents occurred over an eight-day period, he said. One of the latest was Tuesday afternoon, when an Elizabeth Lane resident returned home to find a smashed rear window. Jewelry, valued at approximately $1,500, and a black Sig Sauer 9mm handgun were stolen from the residence, Patten said.

Police officers arrived at the home shortly before 4 p.m. A police dog was unable to track anyone from the scene.

On Monday, a credit card was stolen from a home burglarized on Zion Hill Road, Patten said. The credit card was then used to fill up at a nearby Hess gas station and purchase $1,000 in jewelry from a store at The Mall at Rockingham Park, he said.

Surveillance footage obtained by police shows a beige or tan car, believed to be a Lincoln LS. Two suspects in the car were also later seen looking at jewelry at the mall, Patten said. One is believed to walk with a limp, he said

Salem police released a photo of a man who is one of the suspects. Patten said it is believed the burglaries may be connected to each other.

Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to call Salem police at 893-1911 or Southern NH Crimeline at 893-6600.

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