Jun 14, 2016 7:34 AM

Londonderry man arrested in Raymond home invasion

Gretchen Grosky

RAYMOND - A Londonderry man has been arrested in connection with a January home invasion where two men broke into a home and restrained the homeowner with duct tape before making off with wrestling memorabilia.

Michael Whalen, 27, of Londonderry was arrested Monday and charged with robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft, attempt to commit kidnapping, and second-degree assault. Each of these felony charges carries a punishment of up to seven years in prison, according to police.

According to police, Whalen is believed to be one of two men who broke into a Chester Road home belonging to the son a Derry handyman killed in a murder-for-hire in 2005. Jack Reid Jr. told police at the time he was alone playing video games at about 5:30 p.m. when the two men entered his home through an unlocked front door on Jan. 19. The two men wore ski masks and a struggle ensued between Reid and the suspects, leaving him with injuries and restrained with duct tape.

The suspects burglarized the house taking small valuables, including wrestling memorabilia before fleeing in the homeowner's car. The car was later located on Clover Court in Raymond.

Reid is the son of Jack Reid who was murdered by a group of men in scheme set up by multimillionaire businessman John Brooks. Reid was lured to a barn in Deerfield where he was beaten by a group of men with a three-pound sledgehammer.

Over the past five months Raymond Police detectives have been working tirelessly following up on evidence, information and interviews. Information revealed in the investigation suggests this was not a random act and the victim was targeted by the suspects.

Whalen’s bail has been set at $2,500 with an arraignment date of Aug. 15.

Police are still investigating and ask anyone with information to contact detectives at (603) 895-4747.

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