Claremont Robbery Suspect Waives Probable Cause

Claremont — The main suspect in the armed robbery of an elderly man in Claremont last month waived his probable cause hearing yesterday in 5th Circuit Court and remains held on $100,000 cash bail at the Sullivan County House of Correction.

Benjamin Ecklund’s case will be bound over to Superior Court and likely presented to grand jury for indictment on two felony charges.

Ecklund, who was in court, waived his hearing through his attorney, Curtis Payne of Enfield.

Ecklund, 31, of Pearl Street, Claremont, is being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and armed robbery of an 84-year-old man on Elm Street on March 6. Also arrested in the days following the incident were Thomas Meade, 18, of Newport, Jessica Russell, 33, of Claremont and Aaron Kiniry, 26, of Unity.

According to court documents, Kiniry and Ecklund broke into the man’s house, threw him to the floor and threatened him with a gun. They stole $25 in lottery tickets and $77.50 in cash, authorities said. The victim was not seriously hurt.

e_SRit— Patrick O’Grady