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Concord police arrest suspected downtown burglar

The Concord police have arrested a man they believe forced his way into a Warren Street home last week. And officials said they haven’t ruled out the possibility that he may also be responsible for four other daytime burglaries in the past month.

Michael Maynard, 49, was arrested Monday and has been charged with breaking into the Warren Street residence Dec. 28. The police said Maynard shattered a window and entered through the home’s front door sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. They’ve accused him of taking jewelry and cash.

The break-in shares similarities with four other burglaries in the past month, Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley said.

He said the homes, all within about a mile of each other, were broken into by forced entry during the daytime when the residents weren’t home. The burglar took jewelry and cash from several homes, the police said. And in all of the cases except the Warren Street burglary, the residents were between 65 and 70 years old, O’Malley said.

But the police haven’t ruled out that other individuals, either working with Maynard or independently, may be responsible for those break-ins, namely because descriptions given by some witnesses don’t match that of Maynard.

For example, a person who claims to have seen a man break into a Lincoln Street home Dec. 27 told the police the suspect was between 20 and 30 years old, officials said.

“We are looking at that as a possible other suspect,” O’Malley said.

But he added that the neighbor, who told the police that he saw the burglar standing at the bottom of a shared stairwell after hearing noises in an adjoining apartment, is elderly, and detectives are considering whether the age description is accurate.

The police said the man who broke into the Lincoln Street home may have been going door to door offering to shovel snow just before the incident.

The police said the other break-ins took place Dec. 3 on South Spring Street, Dec. 22 on North Spring Street and Dec. 27 on Rumford Street.

Maynard, who is believed to be homeless, has been charged with a felony count of burglary and two counts of breach of bail conditions. O’Malley said Maynard was arrested at a 154 N. Main St. apartment building while out on bail after being charged with three counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a Dec. 6 incident at Walmart on Loudon Road. There, the police said Maynard became irate and assaulted an employee.

Maynard was also arrested Oct. 29 on a warrant after the police accused him of assaulting an acquaintance Sept. 9 in Eagle Square in downtown Concord, O’Malley said.

Maynard was arraigned yesterday and is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing, where a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to be sent to Merrimack County Superior Court, on Jan. 15.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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