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Man accused of stealing Apple laptop in 2012
A customer support request for a laptop computer led to an arrest in a 2012 burglary in Dover, police said.
Dover police said Casey Wentworth, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with burglary. Investigators said he’s suspected of stealing an Apple laptop computer from a Corner Stone Drive home in February 2012.
Police said they couldn’t identify any suspects in their initial investigation of the burglary. Detectives contacted Apple about the theft, and the laptop’s serial number was flagged.
More than a year after the burglary, Apple customer support was contacted by a person requesting help with a laptop that had the same serial number as the stolen one. Police said they were able to trace the call to Wentworth and recover the computer.
Wentworth was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on May 2.
Eric Pfalzgraff accused of breaking and entering
A man was in court Monday, accused of breaking into a boat that was docked in Boston and posing as a police officer when confronted by the owners, police said.
Eric Pfalzgraff, who turned 39 Monday, broke into the boat docked off Commercial Street, police said. When a Boston couple returned to the boat, they found the man onboard eating cake, drinking beer, and smoking cigars.
When confronted, he allegedly claimed to work for the Boston Police Harbor Patrol.
At the time, Pflazgraff was allegedly wearing the man’s Rolex watch but returned it before police took him into custody.
Pflazgraff was held on $5,000 and ordered to undergo a three-week evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.
Robert Martel, 30, accused of stealing couple’s car
Police said Ford Welch, 87, and his wife had been out grocery shopping when they arrived home to find a strange car in their driveway and the doors to the home open. Thinking it may have been a family member with a new car, they pulled up behind it and went inside.
When Welch entered the house he found an intruder, identified by police as Robert Martel, 30, carrying a pillow case full of the couple’s belongings. Welch yelled for his wife to call 911 as the intruder ran for the driveway, police said.
Welch struggled with Martel in the driveway, during which he sustained a hand injury. Martel then stole the homeowner’s car and fled the area.
“Oh yeah, we had a little wrestling place out there in the driveway,” Welch said. “We fought a while and we got down, and of course it’s slippery out there, and that helped.”
Belmont officers arrived within a minute and a half of the 911 call, giving aid to Welch. First responders radioed area departments and troopers to be on the lookout for the stolen car.
The stolen car was located and stopped on Route 3 in Tilton, and Martel was arrested. A search of the car revealed jewelry stolen from the couple’s home.
The couple was working with detectives Friday afternoon to make a list of everything that had been stolen from the home. Belmont police said Welch and his wife were shaken up by the event but were happy to hear that an arrest had been made.
Martel was charged with burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, and is being held until his arraignment Monday.
Nathan Harnden, Nicholas Harnden accused in Maplewood Avenue incident
Twin brothers are accused of trying to break into a woman’s bedroom in the middle of the night, Portsmouth police said.
A woman was asleep in her second-floor bedroom when she heard someone trying to get in the window of her home off Maplewood Avenue, police said.
“She heard her window being opened up and she heard voices,” Capt. Mike Schwartz said. “She screamed and called 911, which is exactly what she should have been doing.”
The woman yelled, “No!” and it was enough to startle to the intruder, police said.
“She cried out and the people who were breaking in ran off,” Schwartz said. “She called 911 and we were fortunate, we were able to get a lot of patrol officers in the area quickly and we took three people into custody.”
Police arrested 20-year-old brothers Nathan and Nicholas Harnden. Investigators said one of the brothers stood on the others’ shoulders to reach the window.
Megan Morrison was also arrested on a prowling charge.
Investigators said the three might be connected to a spree of home and car break-ins in the area, which is within walking distance of where the twins live. Additional charges might be pending, police said.
“Those three people are responsible for quite a few car break-ins in the area,” Schwartz said. “And then we have some burglaries we’re investigating that might be connected to this.”
Police urged people who live in the area to lock their cars and keep doors and windows to their homes locked.
Man, woman charged with burglary, police say
HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. — A police standoff with two people barricaded inside a Hampton Falls house ended Tuesday night with the arrest of a man and a woman, police said.
The two were arrested around 6:45 p.m. and charged with burglary, police said. Police had shut down Route 1 and called in a SWAT team after the man and woman barricaded themselves inside a Lafayette Road home, police said.
Route 1 reopened after police negotiated with the man and woman for hours after what started with a report of a suspicious car in Amesbury, Mass., police said.
The two were wanted for questioning in an ongoing investigation. Police said a SWAT team was called in to assist, and Route 1 between Route 84 and the Seabrook town line was closed.
Several police officers in tactical gear had surrounded home and used a bullhorn to make contact with the people inside.
The man and woman could face more charges, police said.