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Man sentenced for trying to steal women's underwear from apartments near Plymouth State University

Union Leader Correspondent

June 21. 2018 9:27AM

NORTH HAVERHILL — A would-be women's underwear thief has pleaded guilty to entering occupied student apartments near Plymouth State University earlier this year.

As part of an agreement with the state, Jarrod M. Ryan, 40, of Blandin Street in Bethlehem, appeared Tuesday before Justice Lawrence MacLeod in Grafton County Superior Court where MacLeod accepted his guilty pleas and later sentenced Ryan on two counts of burglary, a Class A felony punishable by up to 15 years, for entering two apartments at a Winter Street housing complex on Jan. 29

On the first count, MacLeod sentenced Ryan to 12 months in the Grafton County House of Corrections, with six months of the sentence suspended for three years while nine months of the sentence was deferred for five years. MacLeod also forbade Ryan from being on the PSU campus.

On the second count, MacLeod sentenced Ryan to no less than one year and no more than three years in the New Hampshire State Prison, with all of the sentence suspended for five years. A third Burglary charge, a Class B felony, which carried a maximum of seven years behind bars, was dropped.

According to court documents, Plymouth police on Jan. 31 were contacted by a Winter Street resident who said a man, later identified as Ryan and someone whom she had reported two days earlier for trying to enter her apartment, had returned.

The woman said that Ryan claimed he was there to fix her thermostat, but that she told him to leave and pushed him out the door, dead-bolting it behind him. The man turned the door handle before he left.

Based on the woman’s statements and video surveillance, police were able to identify the Cadillac Escalade the man was driving and trace it to Ryan.

When contacted by Plymouth police, Ryan voluntarily went to the station, telling investigators that he had entered the apartments to steal “weed.” Police said he later admitted that “he has an underwear fetish and he was trying to talk women’s underwear.

Court documents said Ryan confessed to also entering an apartment on Russell Street, which is parallel to Winter Street and immediately south of the PSU campus, on Jan. 31, and that Plymouth police had also received a report of a man matching his description a week earlier at an apartment on Merrill Street.

In several of the instances, Ryan encountered female occupants, telling them he was there to check on their apartment’s fire alarms.

Ryan told police he had engaged in this behavior “for a while,” the court documents said, and that “every time he does it, he gets braver and braver.” Ryan, according to the documents, “said he was sick and that he needed help for this addiction he has.”

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