Someone in Pelham owes their neighbor a beer

I can’t tell you how many times in my years as a police reporter I’ve heard police ask people to keep an eye out on their neighbor’s homes in order to help police fight burglaries.

Yesterday in Pelham, someone did just what police ask.

Police got a call at 3:20 p.m., from a resident of Balcom Road who said a woman had just broken into her neighbor’s home.

The caller told police the woman emerged from the home wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and flip flops, and that she was carrying a black bag.

Lt. Gary Fisher was in the area and he found a woman fitting that description once he got to Balcom Road. He saw the woman drop a bag full of stolen items as he approached, police said. That woman, Sharon Olsen, 21, of Litchfield, N.H., is pictured above on the right.

Police say Fisher then learned that Olsen had been dropped in the area by a man in a blue Chrysler Town and Country, and Fisher soon spotted that vehicle. Officers stopped it, and found Michael McFarland, 34, of Manchester, N.H., driving the van, which contained more stolen property, according to police. Continue reading

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Is this guy your Valentine?

If he is, some detectives in Billerica might want to talk to you about that gift that just made your day yesterday.

Police say the guy pictured in this entry stole a “large amount” of jewelry from an undisclosed store on Valentines Day, and they’re asking for the public’s help with figuring out who he is.

Police say the man is believed to be 35 to 45 years old, and about 230 pounds. He left in Hyundai Elentra GT from the early 2000’s.

Police aren’t releasing the name or address of the store, or any further details. Anyone who thinks they know this guy is asked to call Billerica detectives at 978.667.1212.