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Newmarket man may face hate-crime charges
The search followed his arrest on July 17 in connection with a vandalism spree involving offensive and racist messages written on 14 town- and state-owned signs.
Public Works Director Richard Malasky estimated the damage to the signs to be about $1,650.
According to police, some of the messages referenced the recent trial of George Zimmerman, a Florida man acquitted on July 13 in the high-profile killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
DiCroce said he feels Croall is a danger to the public.
DiCroce added, “Given the fact of what he wrote, the swastika, the derogatory terms toward African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, elderly, I think he is a danger to this community. Those guns just weren’t sitting there (in his house). They were loaded.”
While investigating the threatening messages, police obtained a search warrant and during a search of his home Tuesday found at least a dozen firearms in plain view, DiCroce said.
Croall, who lives about a quarter-mile from Newmarket schools, isn’t allowed to have access to firearms because he was convicted of felony reckless conduct in August 2012 after firing a handgun into the air outside of the Chop Shop restaurant in Seabrook on Nov. 20, 2011. He fired the weapon after complaining that his car radio was stolen and nobody was helping him, prosecutors said at the time.
Croall is charged with two counts of criminal threatening, criminal mischief, theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a solar light from a neighbor, possession of a controlled drug, possession of a narcotic drug and being a felon in possession of firearms.
Plaia argued for lower bail, saying Croall has diabetes and if he is released he could move out of his Newmarket residence to live at a home in Stratham.
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