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Three men charged in Ossipee Rite Aid burglary

May 20, 2009
OSSIPEE — Three men are being held at Carroll County Jail in Ossipee on felony burglary charges after they allegedly broke into the Ossipee Rite Aid pharmacy early Saturday morning, taking prescription narcotics and leading local police on a four-hour search through the woods and swamp off Route 28.

Police arrested Joseph Gordinas, 26, and brothers Mark D. Savio, 30, and Joseph M. Savio, 37, in connection with a burglary at the Rite Aid pharmacy on Route 16 in Ossipee around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. Gordinas and Mark Savio, both of Lynn, Mass., are being held on $100,000 cash or surety bond, while Joseph Savio—a Lynn native who listed his most recent address as 1027 Gorham Road in Effingham—is being held on $50,000 cash or surety.

All three men are charged with felony burglary and resisting arrest or detention, a class A misdemeanor. Mark Savio faces an additional charge of disobeying an officer.

According to arrest affidavits from the case, Ossipee Police Officer Matthew Tyler was investigating a suspicious person nearby at Big Apple convenience store in Ossipee when Carroll County Dispatch alerted him to an alarm at the nearby Rite Aid at 2:57 a.m. Court documents say an Acorn Drive resident had also called dispatch to report having seen two suspicious men run across her lawn.

The affidavit states that en route to Rite Aid, Tyler spotted a Chevy pickup truck with Massachusetts plates on Duncan Lake Road. Turning around, the document says Tyler activated his blue lights and siren, but the truck swung a left turn onto Route 28 and continued at a speed of about 50 mph. The truck turned left into Pike Industries "then came to an abrupt stop," it says. Then, according to court documents, Tyler spotted two men run off into the woods with a bag in tow, leaving a trail of "what appeared to be white pill bottles," as the truck went further into the Pike's property.

Backup from Ossipee and Wakefield as well as K-9 units from both towns and the N.H. State Police were called for a search that spanned Route 16, Old Granite Road and Old Route 28.

Court documents state that the first suspect apprehended was 400-pound Mark Savio, who was found lying in a nearby swamp, not far from where the getaway vehicle was found still running but empty. He was cleared by Huggins Hospital and transported to Carroll County Jail by Tyler.

The affidavits state an off-duty Carroll County dispatcher later "spotted two male subjects walking south on Water Village Road that were wet and covered in mud from the waist down" and reported the sighting to Tyler, who was only minutes away at the jail on County Farm Road. He apprehended Gordinas and Joseph Savio, who—along with Mark Savio—were held on $250,000 cash bail until their arraignments on Monday, May 18.

They waived extradition and pled not guilty to the lesser charges in Southern Carroll County District Court on Monday; pleas have not yet been entered for the felony burglary charges. A probable cause hearing for the burglary charges is scheduled for May 28 at 2:30 p.m.

This was the second time this year that the Ossipee Rite Aid was robbed of prescription narcotics. In April, 23-year-old Justin Torr of Rochester was arrested and charged in connection with a March unarmed hold-up that occurred while the store was open. Destiny Murphy, 29, of Milton, has been charged

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