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Epping police say proving theft led to clerk’s death isn’t a simple matter
Police Chief Michael Wallace said the case is still open and investigators will likely have further discussions with the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office before deciding how to proceed.
“It was a tragic event. It’s something that never should have happened, and our heart goes out to the family and we feel bad for the family. However, when it comes to prosecuting somebody for an offense more serious than the theft, we have to prove intent. That’s very hard to prove,” Wallace said.
Blais’ wife, Denise, told the New Hampshire Union Leader last week that it appears her husband of 19 years died of a heart attack. He called her to come to the store after the theft had shaken him up. She said the theft scared him and put him behind schedule. He collapsed two hours later as he quickly tried to finish up his work so that he could leave by midnight, she said.
But police said filing “anything more severe than a theft charge is an uphill battle and very hard to prove at this point in the investigation.”
Police contacted interim Rockingham County Attorney Jim Boffetti immediately after the death to seek guidance.
“I would be happy to revisit it with Epping,” he said of the theft case.
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