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Man accused of prowling in Durham held on $10k bail

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Union Leader Correspondent
November 16. 2017 8:30PM

DURHAM — A Northwood man who police say was prowling outside five residences in Durham is being held on $10,000 cash bail at Strafford County House of Corrections.

Christopher Crosby, 46, has been convicted of crimes in Rochester, Somersworth, Dover, Newmarket, Exeter and Barrington over the course of the last 20 years.

Durham’s Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley said Thursday the offenses include burglary, felonious sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

“He has a 30-page criminal history,” Kelley said. “Nothing he would do would surprise me based upon his record.”

Kelley said they arrested Crosby on Oct. 29 after someone called to report that a person was staring into their Garrison Avenue apartment. He was charged with prowling, loitering and violation of privacy.

Before Crosby’s bail hearing Thursday, officers said they obtained evidence that Crosby was seen loitering outside four residences on Main Street and Dennison Road in the months of September and October. Crosby was served with those complaints, Kelley said.

If Crosby is able to post bail, he will be monitored by a GPS device, and is prohibited from entering the town of Durham, Kelley said.

Kelley said it is unfortunate that they see a number of cases with similar circumstances in neighborhoods surrounding the University of New Hampshire.

His advice to the community is to play it safe and report suspicious activity to police.

“Make sure you take care of yourself. Lock your doors and windows. At night, pull down the blinds,” Kelley said. “If you see anything suspicious, call us and let us go out and investigate. It may be nothing, but it could be someone like Mr. Crosby out in the community.”

Durham police can be reached at 868-2324.

On campus students who notice suspicious individuals loitering outside dormitories should call UNH police at 862-1427.

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