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Ossipee boat burglars sunk

Five men now face multiple charges

May 06, 2010
OSSIPEE — Ossipee Police have charged five men in connection to a slew of boat burglaries going all the way back to December.

The men have been identified as: Alan Harris, 19, of Ossipee; Dana Davis, 19, of Alton Bay; Benjamin Duquette, 20, of Ossipee; Robert Wright, 23, of Ossipee; and Matthew Holt, 19, of Effingham.

Harris faces three counts of burglary, four counts of criminal mischief, four counts of theft, one count of receiving stolen property, and two counts of trespass.

Davis faces two counts of burglary, three counts of criminal mischief, one counts of criminal trespass, three counts of theft, and one count of receiving stolen property.

Duquette and Wright each faces one count of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.

Holt faces a charge of criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

The boats that were allegedly burglarized had been winterized and were all located in Center Ossipee. The boats had been stored at homes, marinas, and storage facilities. The alleged burglars were taking audio equipment such as stereos, speakers, and amplifiers, according to police. The burglary charges will be treated as Class-A felonies. The thefts and the related damage to the boats would equate to tens of thousands of dollars, said Ossipee Police Cpl. Bob King. The alleged burglars cut holes in tarps and canvas covers to get to the electronics, he said.

"This is a significant bust," said King. "Everyone from the property owners to the chief of police is happy arrests were made in this case."

King said in eight years on the force this is the second time he's seen a case this large in town. For the most part, police have been able to recover items that were allegedly stolen from the boats. The alleged burglars tended to keep the equipment rather than trying to sell it, said King who hopes to return the stolen items by the summer season. The Carroll County Attorney's Office will have to decide if the equipment needs to be kept for evidence, he said.

The suspects knew each other and acted together, although not all the suspects were involved in the same cases. All but one of the suspects turned themselves in to police on Tuesday, April 27. The men will be arraigned in Southern Carroll County District Court on June 9. Until then, they are free on personal recognizance bail.

Police acknowledge they may get more reports of boat burglaries as residents begin to take their boats out of storage for the summer. Ossipee Police can be reached at 539-2011.

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