Suspect in N.H. Robberies Still in Mass.

Claremont — A man who has been indicted on two armed bank robbery charges in Claremont will remain held in Massachusetts on unrelated charges at least until early next month.

A Holyoke (Mass.) District Court official said Wednesday that James Oberfeldt’s court appearance Tuesday was continued to a probable cause hearing on Feb. 6. Oberfeldt, of Claremont, was arrested in early December in Massachusetts on drug charges. When police learned there was a warrant for his arrest for a violation of probation in Sullivan County, they contacted the county sheriff’s department, which in turn relayed the information to Claremont Police.

Claremont police connected Oberfeldt to armed robberies of One Credit Union on Charlestown Road Oct. 11 and the Claremont Savings Bank branch on Maple Avenue Nov. 26. He is also a suspect in an armed robbery in Lebanon on Nov. 20. Police have not said what led them to charge Oberfeldt, who was indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury on the two Claremont robberies last month.

According to the official at the Holyoke court, the charges in Massachusetts include heroin and cocaine possession, driving without a license and being a fugitive from justice.

In the Claremont robberies, Oberfeldt is alleged to have shown a weapon which later turned out to be a BB gun made to look like a pistol. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said his office will have to wait until the charges are resolved in Massachusetts before Oberfeldt is returned to New Hampshire and formally charged.

“We are not going to get him until they are ready to send him our way,” Hathaway said Wednesday. — Patrick O’Grady