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October 02. 2013 8:49AM

Pelham police arrest woman at abandoned home

PELHAM – Police say they caught a woman in the act of burglarizing an abandoned home on Mammoth Road Tuesday afternoon.

About 2 p.m., police received a call about a suspicious van parked in the driveway at the house.

When they arrived, they found a running van with Massachusetts license plates in the driveway but with no one in it.

Officers checked the house, discovered a basement door open and then surrounded the house. As they were about to enter it, police said Lynda Leonard Olson, 61, of Lowell, Mass., came out one of the front doors.

She said she was just looking around because she knew the home was vacant. Police said based on evidence at the scene, Olson broke into the home through the basement and tried to steal brass door knobs.

She was arrested and charged with burglary.

What's next: Olson is free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 21 in 10th Circuit Court, Salem District Division.

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