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Merrimack Police: Neighbor with a camera help police track burglars

Friday, January 31, 2014

Merrimack police said a watchful neighbor armed with a digital camera helped detectives track down a suspect in a home burglary late last year.

Merrimack police have charged James Smith, 34, of 330 Auburn St., Manchester, with burglary in connection with a daytime theft of power equipment from a home in north Merrimack near the Bedford town line, police said. Police were called to the home on Nov. 12 when a resident’s attention was caught by a green minivan driving up and down a cul-de-sac and then back into a neighbor’s driveway, police said.

The neighbor used the zoom on his digital camera to take pictures of a man and woman who allegedly got out of the van, loaded power equipment into the rear and drove off, police said.

The neighbor also took a picture of the van’s license plate, which led detectives to Smith and his alleged accomplice, Sherry Anne Vincent, 39, of Londonderry, police said.

Vincent already has been charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another. Smith is charged with burglary, a Class B felony, police said.

Smith’s bail was set at $7,500 cash and he appeared at Merrimack district court on Jan. 30 for a probable cause hearing, police said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE

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