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Man allegedly threatened victims with gun, ransacked home

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Authorities were investigating a home invasion in Londonderry on Friday afternoon.

Police said Joshua Magee, 29, faces several charges including armed robbery and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.

Mary Carco says she watched as he went into her neighbor’s home on Wilson Street in broad daylight.

“I head her scream and what sounded like items being thrown or struggle,” Carco said. “She only screamed one time and then it got quiet.”

Police say Magee was wearing a ski mask and goggles, and he was armed with a gun.

“Her 1-year-old son saw him, started screaming and ran,” Londonderry police officer Christopher Olson said. “She came around the corner and saw the suspect with a firearm.”

According to police, Magee ordered the two into a bedroom while he ransacked the home.

Meanwhile, Carco had already called 911.

“While I was on phone with dispatch he came running out of the house wearing a mask and ski goggles and bags on his shoes,” she said. “And I knew the situation wasn’t right then and there.”

She said Magee took off in his car.

Londonderry police issued an alert, and Derry police stopped him on Old Manchester Road soon after. They found a loaded gun next to him.

Carco said she was relieved police worked so quickly and that her neighbor was unharmed. After what she saw, she assumed the worst.

”It just was so quiet. She never screamed again, so I just assumed she was hurt,” the neighbor said.

Fusco arrested in Conn. after traffic stop

LACONIA, N.H. — A man has been accused of stealing Rolex watches from a Laconia jewelry store, and is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Police said Shane Fusco, 38, used fraudulent checks to buy three Rolex watches, worth more than $35,000, from Sawyer’s Jewelry.

Fusco was arrested during a traffic stop in Connecticut, where he is being held as a fugitive from justice.

Littlelton robbery may be related to 3 others

LITTLETON, Mass. —An armed robbery is under investigation in Littleton and police said it may be related to at least three similar robberies in the Fitchburg area.

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The Shell Gas station on King Street was held up by at least three people late Wednesday night.

“One had a fairly large black pistol which he pointed at me over the register,” clerk Jessie Cooper said.

Cooper said one of the robbers put a gun to his forehead.

“I could feel the cold steel,” he said. “I just basically let them take what they wanted. All I am thinking of here is ‘do what you are going to do and leave because I don’t want to get shot.’”

Littleton and state police are searching for at least three people involved in the robbery. A fourth may have waited in a getaway car.

“It is very unusual to have a team of three armed men hold up a gas station,” Deputy Police Chief Mathew King said.

“They had hoods tied up really right so you couldn’t see,” Cooper said.

Police believe the robbers could be the same team involved in a series of similar robberies in the area.

“There was a lot of yelling, but it seemed this wasn’t new. All the time they knew what they were doing,” Cooper said.

Several hundred dollars was taken.

Cooper, who was back on the job Thursday, said he was not hurt, but had trouble sleeping after the robbery.

Two men held on bail in Nesmith Street incident

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Two men face charges after allegedly breaking into a woman’s Lawrence home while she barricaded herself in her bedroom and called for help.

A Nesmith Street resident was home on Tuesday when she heard someone trying to break into her home. The woman locked herself in her bedroom and called her husband.

“My wife called me very quietly to say someone was trying to break in,” the woman’s husband said.

The husband then called 911.

When the intruders went upstairs, the woman yelled and they fled. The woman was able to get a look at the men as they fled.

David Rivera, 19, of Lawrence; and Luis Contreras, 19, of Haverhill; were both charged with breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony and receiving stolen property of more than $250.

The men had some of the stolen items in their possession at the time of their arrests, police said.

The two men were held on $1,500 bail.

Lawrence police chief James Fitzpatrick said the woman was “very brave in a scary situation,” but it would have saved time if she had dialed 911 directly.

Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies robbed at gunpoint

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Two thieves who struck a West Springfield business over the weekend weren’t looking for cash.

Police say one of the men pulled a gun on an employee as he and another man hauled away a $500 inflatable swimming pool.

Police say the suspects entered Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and began dragging the 15-foot pool away.

When a store worker asked if they needed help, one man pulled a gun and pointed it at her.

Both suspects were described as white, about 5-foot-6 inches tall with thin builds.

Woman robbed of bag at Tufts MBTA station

Transit police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a woman of her bag at an MBTA station.

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BOSTON — Transit police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a woman of her bag at an MBTA station.

Police said the robbery occurred at the Tufts MBTA station on Monday at 9:50 a.m. after an inbound Orange Line train entered the station. The suspect fled on foot toward Bay Village in the South End, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call police at 617-222-1050.

DEDHAM, Mass. — The Dedham Police Department have called in the metro SWAT team to assist with a Dedham man who has barricaded himself in a house in the area of Dedham Boulevard.

Police have been shouting on a megaphone for a man to answer his phone to negotiate, Wicked Local reported.

Michael Farah said he is a friend of the suspect, William Barton of Roslindale.

“I know there was an argument between him and his girlfriend,” Sarah said, adding Barton has had a run-in with police in the past. “When I heard today that he’s in the same situation, he’s either going to be in jail or dead.”

Police have not confirmed the identity of the man.

School Committee Chairman Joe Heisler said Superintendent June Doe is helping kids who wouldn’t be able to get home due to the barricade.

“Police have the whole area blocked off, so we have to do something,” Heisler said. “They’re trying to reach parents make make alternate arrangements.”

Clare Sullivan, principal of the Avery Elementary School, sent an email out to parents earlier today.

“We will be holding any walking students who are not met by their parents,” Sullivan wrote. “Parents of walking students should come to the school to pick up their child.”

According to a police report, an officer observed a suspect wanted on a default warrant for unarmed robbery exit a motor vehicle and enter a home at about 11:30 a.m.

Robert Tradd, a family member of the home owner, said he was concerned for his 4-year-old niece that was also in the home.

Helen Humes, a neighbor, said the homeowners are a family in their 30s.

“They seem nice and polite but they always have company all the time,” Humes said. “The cops and FBI were there 6-7 months ago.”

The subject refused to respond to initial responding officers therefore Metro-LEC was called in to assist.

Courtney Hurley, of Hudson, arrested 

BOSTON — Boston police said they arrested a woman who used a nail file to steal another woman’s bag Monday afternoon.

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Police said a woman had just picked up her child in the area of 550 Harrison Ave. and was walking to her car around 4:45 p.m. when a pickup truck pulled up and a woman jumped out.

The victim said the woman, later identified as Courtney Hurley, 20, of Hudson, displayed a nail file and stole the victim’s handbag.

“She was just screaming for help,” an unidentified security officer said. “I ran over to try to help her out.”

Police said after Hurley grabbed the bag and looked inside, she dropped it and fled from the scene.

“The mom was crying but she was OK,” the security officer said. “The baby was OK.”

Boston police said they found the pickup truck and arrested Hurley along with the driver, identified as Joseph Masiello, 20, of Nashua, N.H.

Hurley was charged with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and is due in court Tuesday.

It’s unknown what Masiello was charged with or when he will be in court.

Eric Lord taken into custody in Massachusetts

LEOMINSTER, Mass. — A man is accused of robbing a New Hampshire bank just one day after he was released from prison.

Eric Lord, 43, appeared in a Leominster court Monday after he was taken into custody by Massachusetts State Police last week. Police say he robbed a TD Bank in New Ipswich, N.H., on Friday.

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Police said they were able to identify Lord from surveillance pictures. They said Lord was recently released from prison and was on parole.

“I want to waive my extradition and go back to New Hampshire and face my time,” Lord said.

Court documents show Lord passed the bank teller a note that was written on a prison check stub that had his name.

As he left the courtroom, he said he was “sorry” to his father and sister.

Official says wallet taken during church service 

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two Manchester churches were targeted by thieves two weekends in a row this month.

During a service at Grace Episcopal Church on Feb. 2, a cellphone was taken from a coat and a wallet taken from a purse, police said. Several people gave a description of a suspect.

“The woman had come in in the middle of worship,” said the Rev. Marjorie Gerbracht-Stagnaro. “She had started looking at the prayer book, and the individual whose wallet she had taken was actually helping her get accustomed to the service.”

Gerbracht-Stagnaro said she believes she saw the woman later buying cigarettes at a nearby gas station.

“I got a call from my parishioner, and she said, ‘My card was just used,’ and I was able to finish the sentence. ‘I know. I witnessed the card being used,’” Gerbracht-Stagnaro said.

A week later across the street, St. Joseph’s Cathedral was hit. Police said someone tried to break into the safe where the parish offerings were kept.

“The damage that was done was really quite disappointing,” said Monsignor Anthony Frontiero. “We now have to repair the doors, the glass and windows.”

From witness reports, police said they believe a man cased the church the night before and took note of where the collections were stored.

In both cases, church officials said that if those people had reached out, they would have helped them.

“Obviously, these folks are so desperate that they would do something like this to a church or any business,” Frontiero said. “It’s a violation, and it’s heartbreaking.”

Police said they believe the crimes may be fueled by drugs. Investigators said they are following up on some leads.


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