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Claremont Man Pleads Not Guilty to Burglary

  • Nathan Kennett

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/8/2017 11:12:15 AM
Modified: 6/9/2017 12:27:10 AM

North Haverhill — A 27-year-old Claremont man allegedly tried to break into Twin State Coins & Treasures before burglarizing Salt hill Pub in West Lebanon over the weekend.

Nathan Kennett pleaded not guilty to three burglary charges, as well as falsifying physical evidence and criminal mischief charges, on Thursday in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill. He was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at the Grafton County jail.

Twin State Coins owner Christine Beebe said her home phone rang around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday morning; it was the Lebanon Police Department, who notified her and her husband, Arthur, that their business was targeted.

Their Route 12A shop, as well as their home, has been targeted before.

Two men, who have since pleaded guilty, broke into the Beebes’ Charlestown residence in May 2015, stole valuables and tied Christine Beebe up in the basement, where contract workers found her the next morning. Arthur Beebe wasn’t home at the time.

“You learn to bend over, pick up the pieces, pound them back in and pray that they stay there,” Christine Beebe said from inside her West Lebanon shop on Thursday. “It’s just another day in the life. I don’t know what it is with people these days.”

Twin State Coins & Treasures is outfitted with a hardwired alarm system that rings the police department.

Kennett allegedly smashed the glass to the shop door, which triggered the alarm and likely sent him running, Beebe said.

Fortunately, the alleged burglar didn’t gain entry. Neither did the last person who attempted to break into the shop using a crowbar a couple of years ago, she said. Kennett also allegedly broke the glass in a door next to Twin State Coins & Treasures.

“All of the stuff that happens makes me the person I am,” Beebe said.

Twin State Coins & Treasures wasn’t the only business hit on Saturday morning. After Kennett allegedly tried to break in there, he went across the parking lot to the new Salt hill Pub, gained entry and stole about $800 in cash, Lebanon Police Deputy Chief Phil Roberts said on Thursday.

Police haven’t yet established a motive for the break-ins, Roberts said, adding that he isn’t sure if Kennett has connections to the two men involved in the Charlestown home invasion at the Beebes’ residence.

Kennett allegedly removed Salt hill’s camera system during the incident. Later in the morning on Saturday, a nearby business owner found the camera system, Lebanon police said in a news release. Police were able to get images of the alleged burglar, who they say is Kennett, the release states.

The Lebanon Police Department released still photographs of the burglar and anonymous sources utilized the department’s new anonymous crime tip line — 603-448-CLUE — to identify him.

“It is the first time that we have made an arrest as a direct result of a tip (on that line),” Roberts said on Thursday.

Lebanon and Claremont police arrested Kennett on Wednesday and cited him into court. Kennett’s next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.




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