Police: ‘Lone Ranger’-masked intruder in Allenstown burglary arrested

  • A surveillance image captured by a School Street homeowner in Allenstown of the man suspected of burglarizing the home Aug. 1. Courtesy

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Monitor staff
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Police arrested a Belmont man Friday who they believe donned a mask, entered an occupied Allenstown home and stole a purse earlier this month.

Several cooperating agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, allege that 61-year-old Joseph Hearn was the person caught on camera in the early hours of Aug. 1 in a School Street home wearing what the Allenstown chief described as a “Lone Ranger” type mask.

Chief Paul Paquette said Brockton, Mass., police arrested Hearn about 6:30 a.m. at his workplace in the Hyde Park area of Boston, where he does construction work.

Hearn was arraigned Friday at Hooksett’s district court and held on $100,000 cash bail on a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor of theft, according to a press release issued Monday by Allenstown police. Paquette said the high bail amount is a result of Hearn’s “lengthy” criminal history.

Police were patrolling nearby at the time the homeowner reported the burglary, but they didn’t catch sight of the man. They did, however, recover some of the items from the purse, apparently discarded by the man as he made his getaway.

“We don’t believe he got away with anything,” Paquette said at the time.

The unlocked home was equipped with a security system that caught an image of the burglar, which police distributed for the public to assist in identifying the man.

Allenstown police investigated in conjunction with their counterparts in Brockton and Canton, Mass.

Hearn is being held at the Merrimack County jail, Paquette said. He’s scheduled for a probable cause hearing Aug. 29 at Hooksett’s district court.


(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @NickBReid.)