Christopher Nathan Bell

Aug 27, 2015 2:02 PM

Rochester home burglarized while homeowners slept

ROCHESTER - Police have a local man in custody suspected of breaking into a home and taking two guns while the homeowners were asleep in bed.

Police say they received a call from a home on Old Dover Road early Thursday morning after the homeowners noticed their doors were open and the guns and several electronic items were missing. Police sent officers to surround the area and made contact with a man in the parking lot of Liu's Garden at 603 Columbus Ave.

An officer spoke briefly with him before he turned and ran. Police say the suspect threw away two items he had been carrying into the woods. These were subsequently identified as the stolen guns from the burglary.

A police K9 was called in and tracked the man along an old railroad bed near Old Dover Road, enabling officers to arrest the man in the woods.

The suspect was identified as Christopher Nathan Bell, 23, of 20 Academy St. Apt. A. He was charged with burglary, resisting arrest, two counts of receiving stolen property (the two guns) and was also found to be wanted on a previous warrant.

Bell was sent to the Strafford County jail where he will be held until his arraignment on Friday. The arraignment will be via video at the Rochester District Court.


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