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