Candia burglaries put police, town on notice
CANDIA - Over the past several months, home break-ins have resulted in the loss of jewelry and other housewares, and Candia police are working to help return the stolen items and spread awareness of how more burglaries can be prevented.
Police Chief Mike McGillen said Candia police went with three families to a police showing in Epsom at which the Candia families were able to identify some of their property. According to the unapproved minutes of the Feb. 13 Board of Selectmen's meeting, McGillen said much of the jewelry was from a pawn shop and was stolen.
On Feb. 23, two burglaries occurred, one on Main Street and one on Patten Hill Road. Both targeted jewelry. McGillen said a teenager who lives at the Main Street address entered the home just as the intruder was leaving the home with the stolen items. He said police are still looking for a white male who fled the scene in a black BMW with a New Hampshire dealer plate.
McGillen is urging residents to call police if anyone unknown comes to their doors and starts asking questions. He said the quicker residents notify police, the more likely it will be that burglaries can be prevented.
'If anyone comes to their house trying to solicit anything or are looking for anybody or are saying they're lost, call the police department,' McGillen said. 'There was a reported white male that came to a house on Patten Hill Road and was looking for another address. We believe that's related.'
According to McGillen, there have also been calls about people attempting to sell items door-to-door. He said one call in particular was about a man who was supposedly selling steaks. Even if someone appears legitimate and shows credentials, McGillen said it is always best to notify police of anything out of the ordinary.
'We would rather have someone immediately call the station so we can get down there,' he said. 'It has been so prevalent and has been happening so often in all communities.'
McGillen said the department is working with other departments in the area to try and track down the burglars.
'We want people to report stuff and if they see a suspicious vehicle, don't wait until the next day,' McGillen said. 'If you have a notepad and you see something, jot the plate number down.'