Ossipee Rite Aid robbery suspect being held on high bail



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SURVEILLANCE VIDEO of robbery suspect entering the Ossipee Rite Aid store. (Photo courtesy of Ossipee Police Department) (click for larger version)
January 06, 2011
OSSIPEE — A Center Ossipee man is being held on $100,000 cash bail after he was arrested and charged with robbing the Ossipee Rite Aid last Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010.

According to police, David Hall, 27, of Center Ossipee entered the store around 5:30 p.m., made his way to the pharmacy counter at the rear of the store and handed the pharmacist a note. The note read that Hall had a gun and threatened harm if the pharmacist did not comply with his demand for drugs. Police say no weapon was shown, however.

Surveillance video from the store showed the suspect entering the store wearing a black puffy winter coat and dark stocking cap with his face visible. The second security camera at the pharmacy counter shows the same man concealing his face and handing over the note.

Police received several tips after the videos were shown on WMUR-TV Channel 9. Acting on information received, police converged on the Beech River Circle area of Center Ossipee on Friday, Dec. 31, to arrest Hall.

Following a three-hour pursuit through the snow-covered ground into the woods, along the railroad tracks, out through the Archer's Pond and pit area, Hall was arrested at a house on Chickville Road in Ossipee. Ossipee Police Department's K9 Ronja and handler Sgt. Joseph Duchesne are credited with following Hall's track.

Just as other K9 teams from state police and Moultonborough were being requested to relieve them after miles of walking, Hall was spotted and arrested. Several officers from Carroll County Sheriff's Department, NH State Police as well as Effingham, Freedom and Madison police departments assisted in the search and arrest.

According to police, the case remains under investigation and more arrests are possible. In addition to being held on the burglary charge, Hall is also charged with parole violations since he was on parole at the time of his arrest.

Hall is due in court Jan. 12 for a probable cause hearing.

This is the second time the Ossipee Rite Aid has been robbed. In March 2009, the pharmacy was held up during business hours by a partially-disguised man who made off with 600 Oxycontin pills. Surveillance photos led to the arrest a few weeks later of Justin Torr, 23, of Rochester, and Destiny Murphy, 29, of Milton, who was charged as Torr's accomplice.

In May 2009, the store was burglarized around 3 a.m. when thieves broke into the store and filled a bag with drugs from a locked cabinet. Alerted by the store's security alarm, police responded and searched the area for three suspects. Joseph Savio of Lynn, Mass. was found lying in a swamp. He pled guilty to the crime and was sentenced in March 2010 to a year in federal prison for his part in the crime.

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