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Police: Franklin man broke into cars parked at Kancamagus trailheads

Union Leader Correspondent

November 16. 2017 3:03AM

OSSIPEE — A Franklin man who authorities say broke into and stole money from vehicles parked at trailheads along the Kancamagus Highway will be arraigned Thursday on two felony counts of theft.

Shane A. Goss, 40, was arrested on Nov. 10 following an investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the US Forest Service Law Enforcement Division.

Free on personal recognizance since his arrest, Goss is due this morning in Ossipee Superior Court.

On Wednesday, Deputy Stephen Rowe said he could not comment on what led to Goss’s arrest because doing so could imperil the still ongoing investigation and the potential for other arrests.

Rowe did say, however, that Goss’s extensive criminal history led to the filing of the elevated theft charges against him.

A five-year member of the sheriff’s department, Rowe said vehicle break-ins at White Mountain National Forest parking lots and trailheads, as well as at less well-marked roadside areas, are a perennial problem.

“People come up here and they assume that because they’re in the White Mountain National Forest and beautiful New Hampshire that crime doesn’t occur here but it does. And people such as Mr. Goss literally walk around and look into windows and if they see an item of value they smash the window and take it.”

Complaints about vehicle break-ins come in year-round, said Rowe.

“If there’s more cars, there are more complaints,” he said, adding that while most drivers already take the precaution of locking their vehicles, they can and should do more.

“I think the teachable moment here is people need to secure their items out of sight or not leave them in their cars,” at all, said Rowe.

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