Police: Bow home invasion was one of several across state by teens looking to steal guns, electronics


Monitor staff

Published: 05-19-2020 4:52 PM

A Manchester teenager who authorities allege has ties to multiple burglaries in the state, including firearm thefts, is in jail.

Duncan Levey, 18, is being detained on three felony charges stemming from a Jan. 29 home invasion on Woodhill Hooksett Road in Bow. Manchester police arrested Levey on Sunday on a Bow Police Department warrant, charging him with armed robbery, theft by unauthorized taking and burglary.

In court Monday afternoon, Judge Richard McNamara ordered Levey jailed pending trial, finding that the alleged acts “pose an unacceptable risk to public safety.”

Police said Monday that the Bow home invasion that left a 63-year-old man with minor injuries is still under investigation and that additional arrests are likely. The department applied for an arrest warrant for Levey last week following a multi-agency investigation that included several search warrants. Bow officers were assisted by police in Derry, Manchester, Merrimack and Somersworth.

According to an affidavit prepared by Bow Police Detective Tyler Coady, police responded to a residence on Woodhill Hooksett Road on Jan. 29 at about 1:15 p.m. and spoke to the homeowner who had visible facial injuries.

The man reported that he was about 400 feet from his house in the garage welding most of the morning. When he returned to the main residence sometime after 1 p.m., he saw a white car in the driveway and approached it after the driver beeped the horn. The homeowner asked the man if he could be of any help, but the driver indicated he did not know what address he was looking for and began backing out of the driveway, the affidavit says.

At that point, the homeowner started to go inside and noticed that the glass portion of the back door was broken. When he walked into his bedroom, he saw all of his firearms lined up on his bed, according to the affidavit. He reported that he was then struck over the head by an unknown man and approached by another displaying a pistol. Both men were wearing hard plastic face masks.

The homeowner said he handed the men a tin of change as they yelled at him and asked where the money and jewelry was located. He told police the men ultimately took off with two firearms and the tin of change.

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It was later determined that a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, a .41 magnum revolver, the tin of loose change, an HP Laptop and two silver bracelets were stolen, police said.

Video surveillance footage at a neighbor’s house shows a Chevy Malibu turning into the driveway where the burglary and thefts were reported. A mailman also reported seeing the suspect vehicle at the home after police released images of the car to local news media in late January.

Around the same time, Bow police received a call from Derry Police Detective Brian French who reported that his department was investigating a Jan. 16 home invasion involving the same model car. In that case, an 80-year-old homeowner was assaulted and firearms stolen, police said. Two juvenile suspects also under investigation by Bow were found in possession of the stolen weapons, according to the affidavit.

Somersworth Police Department also became involved after Levey’s older brother, Gustave Levey, turned himself in on an unrelated warrant and indicated he had information about the Bow home invasion. Police believe he made up a story about being the driver of the Chevy Malibu to protect his brother.

Officers in Manchester first made contact with Duncan Levey the day after the reported robbery during a traffic stop in front of Catholic Medical Center. Levey declined to speak to police at that time and the vehicle was seized, according to court documents. During a search of the car, police found in the trunk a magazine loaded with 9mm bullets, the affidavit says.

That same day, Manchester police received a report from a mother who said she found stolen firearms and electronics in her juvenile son’s bedroom. A warrant executed at that address turned up the .41 magnum revolver reported stolen in Bow, in addition to two laptops, including one from Bow. Police said the juvenile and Levey run in the same social circles.

Merrimack police allege they’ve tied Levey to a burglary in their town, too. On Jan. 11, multiple firearms and electronics were reported stolen. Software for a Chromebook showed that the laptop was being used in Manchester. After obtaining a search warrant, police learned through Comcast that someone at Levey’s Manchester home had logged into the stolen laptop, court documents show.

A search warrant was also executed by police at the Levey residence. Officers said they seized a pair of Timberland boots that have the same tread pattern as prints taken from the home in Bow.

Detectives said photos and videos posted on the social media application Snapchat capture Levey and a juvenile in possession of firearms reported stolen from a home invasion in Derry. Manchester police said they recovered two guns stolen from Derry after breaking up an underage drinking party in the Queen City on Jan. 18.