Police: Stranger inside Atkinson home asks owner not to call policeBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 17. 2017 11:06AM
ATKINSON - An Atkinson homeowner got a big scare when she arrived home with groceries early Monday evening and spooked a stranger inside who allegedly bolted after telling her not to call police.
Adam J. Ward, 27, whose last known address was 299 Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield, was charged with criminal trespass after allegedly fleeing the residence on Page’s Lane and making his way to Brentwood, where police caught up with him.
According to Atkinson Police Chief Al Brackett, the homeowner was confronted by Ward when she showed up with a friend and unlocked the front door.
Brackett said Ward walked out of the livingroom when she came inside and asked why he was there.
“He said he was looking for somebody that she was not familiar with. He didn’t have a valid reason to be there and asked her not to call the police and fled the scene,” he said.
Brackett said the homeowner immediately told her friend to call police, but just before Ward took off, her husband pulled into the driveway and grabbed the license plate number from his truck.
Police used the information to issue a bulletin for local police departments to be on the lookout for Ward’s truck.
Ward was first spotted by a Plaistow police officer, but Brackett said the officer was unable to stop him because of his speed.
Ward was seen by a Brentwood police officer a short time later near Bessie’s Lunch on Route 125. Brackett said the officer stopped Ward for driving with a suspended license.
Atkinson police obtained a warrant and arrested Ward on the criminal trespass charge, a class A misdemeanor.
Brackett said police aren’t sure how Ward got inside the residence, adding there were no signs of forced entry.
While Ward wasn’t known to Atkinson police, Brackett said he has a record that includes driving offenses and convictions in drug and driving while intoxicated cases. Brackett said there was no evidence of drug involvement in Monday’s trespassing case.
Brackett said the incident was the second time in the past few weeks that a resident has arrived home to find someone inside.
“People are looking for money and they’re breaking into houses. I think it was a situation where they just didn’t have time to commit a burglary. He had no reasonable explanation for being inside that home. It’s not like he knows somebody in the neighborhood,” Brackett said.
Ward is free on bail and will be arraigned on Dec. 8 in the Plaistow Circuit Court.