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Peterborough man charged with Durham arsons in February

DURHAM – After a seven-month investigation, police arrested a Peterborough man Monday and accused him of setting several buildings and vehicles on fire in February.


Gregory J. Potter, 22, of Concord Street, Peterborough, was charged with five counts of arson, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of falsifying physical evidence in connection with the fires which occurred in several locations in town in the early morning hours of Feb. 2.


Potter allegedly started fires to occupied structures at 15 Main St. at 1:06 a.m., 19 Main St. at 2:30 a.m., 20 Main St. at 2:48 a.m. and 4 Smith Park Lane at 3:30 a.m. He also allegedly damaged a 2003 Nissan Maxima and a 1999 Volkswagon Golf, which were both at 4 Smith Park Lane, according to police.


Additionally, police say Potter "purposely deleted six photos from his cellular phone so as to impair their availability in an arson investigation."

Investigators from Durham police were assisted by members of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the N.H. State Fire Marshal's Office, the Strafford County Attorney's Office, the N.H. State Police Crime Lab, the UNH Police Department and the Durham Fire Department.


After Potter's arrest, bail was set at $100,000 cash. Potter, who is being held at Strafford County Jail in Dover, is scheduled to be arraigned in 7th Circuit Court, Dover District Division, Tuesday at 10:45 a.m.

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