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Prosecutor: Man charged in attempted Concord burglary a suspect in other cases

Joseph Call

Joseph Call

A Manchester man charged with trying to burglarize a Concord convenience store early Wednesday is also a suspect in nearly a dozen other successful and attempted break-ins across the region, including one Tuesday at the Penacook Dunkin’ Donuts, a prosecutor said yesterday in court.

Joseph Call, who was arraigned yesterday in Concord’s district court and is held on $20,000 cash bail, is addicted to heroin and may have been looking for a way to feed his habit, prosecutor Tracy Connolly said. She said 23-year-old Call and an accomplice are being investigated in connection to recent burglaries in Manchester, Merrimack, Raymond, Allenstown, Pittsfield, Hopkinton, Henniker, Pembroke and Concord.

At this time, Call is facing charges only in connection to one incident: a Wednesday morning attempted burglary at Capital Farms convenience store on Broadway.

There, the Concord police say a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt was seen on a surveillance camera pulling on the store’s doors just after midnight. About six minutes later, an item – believed to be a piece of asphalt found outside of the store – was seen hitting the front door, according to an affidavit in the case. The glass broke but didn’t shatter and the man did not enter the store.

Approximately 30 minutes later, a man who appeared to be wearing the same clothing as the person seen in the Capital Farms video was filmed by a surveillance camera at an Epsom convenience store, Connolly said yesterday.

Epsom police Sgt. Brian Michael identified that business as Smoke N Tackle on Route 28. Two men briefly entered that business after smashing a window but left without taking anything when the alarm sounded, Michael said. He said no arrests have been made and the investigation remains open and active.

Henniker police Chief Ryan Murdough said yesterday that Call is a suspect in two July 19 burglaries being investigated by his department, one at the Mobil gas station on Bradford Road and another at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 202. In both instances, two men were seen on surveillance video breaking into the locations. Murdough said merchandise was taken but declined to elaborate.

The accomplice Connolly said Call has been working with was not named in court yesterday.

According to the Manchester Police Department, Call was arrested on a warrant Wednesday night while he was a passenger in a car being driven by 22-year-old Christopher Kean. Kean was arraigned yesterday on a charge of receiving stolen property after the Manchester police said he pawned a drill that belonged to his father. Kean hasn’t been charged in connection to the Capital Farms incident.

Call has been charged with a Class B felony of attempt to commit burglary and a Class A misdemeanor of criminal mischief. A probable cause hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 1.

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

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