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Neighbor watching friend's home foils Manchester burglary in progress

August 23. 2017 9:43AM
Justin Martin, left, and Kristina Gosselin are charged with burglary of a Seames Drive home. (Courtesy)

MANCHESTER - A neighbor watching her friend’s home while she was out of town helped police foil a burglary in progress early Wednesday morning on Seames Drive.

About 1:15 a.m. the neighbor contact police after she noticed suspicious activity. Officer Robert Harrington went to the home, walked the perimeter and found a screen pulled from a basement window, according to police.

The neighbor who called police was able to provide the officer with a key to the home. Inside, police said, Harrington heard male and female voices coming from a bedroom. A woman, later identified a Kristina Gosselin, 26, no fixed address, then opened the bedroom door, but the male had fled through a window.

As Officer Harrington took Gosselin into custody, Lt. Paul Thompson and Sgt. Tim Patterson, who had arrived at the scene, chased the fleeing man through the south end neighborhood. Officer Ben Foster and his K-9 partner Moose joined the hunt and with Lt. Thompson located Justin Martin, 30, of Manchester, in a wooded area near Memorial Drive, where he was taken into custody without incident, according to police.

Police found 1.5 grams of marijuana on Martin when searched. He was charged with possession of a controlled drug, burglary and resisting arrest or detention. Gosselin was charged with burglary. Both were to appear in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester later Wednesday.

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