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Couple charged in connection with Exeter burglaries


EXETER — A Seabrook man accused of teaming up with a female accomplice in a burglary spree in New Hampshire and Maine is facing new charges in Exeter.

Exeter police have charged Terry Deschenes, 23, with a felony count of burglary and a second count of felony conspiracy to commit burglary.

He is being held at the Rockingham County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 14.

Exeter is the latest department to bring charges against Deschenes for his alleged role in the string of break-ins that police say involved more than a dozen homes on the Seacoast and in Kennebunk, Maine.

According to Exeter police, Deschenes and his girlfriend, Shannon Reed, 24, of Portsmouth, targeted two homes on Front Street in late November. No one was home at the time of the burglaries.

Exeter police also announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for Reed for two felony counts of burglary.

She is being held at the York County jail in Maine on additional burglary charges and will eventually be returned to New Hampshire, police said.

Exeter police said jewelry and electronics were stolen in the Exeter burglaries. After the burglaries, police said they believe the pair would pawn the stolen goods to then buy drugs.

The two are also facing charges for burglaries in Kensington and several in Kennebunk, Maine.

According to a Kensington police affidavit, Reed confessed to several of the burglaries during an interview with Kensington and Exeter detectives after the two were arrested in Biddeford, Maine, on Dec. 4.

Reed said that they carried out the burglaries "for the thrill," the affidavit said.

Reed told police that the burglaries began in Exeter and were followed by burglaries in Kensington and Hampton Falls. While the affidavit mentions a confession regarding those burglaries, police have said they also believe the two are tied to other burglaries in Hampton.

In a separate interview, Deschenes told police that the burglaries were Reed's idea.

"Terry stated during the interview he (knowingly) drove his vehicle in low traffic neighborhoods in Kensington, Hampton Falls and Exeter with Shannon looking for homes to burglarize. He acted as a lookout while Shannon entered the residential homes and stole items," the affidavit said.

jschreiber@newstote.com

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