A New Hampshire man faces multiple burglary charges after allegedly breaking into two Berwick apartments, where he took a shower and drank beer before letting out the residents’ pets.

Berwick police say Todd LeGrand of Dover, New Hampshire, was arrested Thursday after he was discovered in an apartment on School Street by a woman returning home. LeGrand, 53, led police on a short foot chase before he was caught by Police Chief Timothy Towne.

“It appears Mr. LeGrand forced his way into two separate apartments where he ate, took a shower and drank several beers from the victim’s refrigerator. Mr. LeGrand spent several hours in the two apartments,” police said in a news release posted on the department’s Facebook page. “He also released several horses from the adjacent barn.”

LeGrand stole money and other items from the apartments, police said.

The woman who called 911 first realized something was amiss when she arrived home around 2 p.m. to find her pets outside of her apartment and several horses from the barn roaming free, police said. When she went inside, she found a man she didn’t know standing in her apartment wearing only sweatpants. The woman left to call police.

When police arrived minutes later, the man – later identified as LeGrand – had fled. Towne caught up to LeGrand several minutes later as other officers set up a perimeter around the area, police said.

LeGrand suffered minor injuries to his bare feet from running through bushes as he tried to evade the officers, police said. He was treated by the Berwick Fire Rescue Department.

Berwick police charged LeGrand with multiple counts of burglary, theft and violating conditions of release. Those conditions were in place because LeGrand had been arrested by Berwick police Monday on an outstanding warrant and taken to the York County Jail.

Police say LeGrand was released from jail Wednesday. On Thursday, he took a taxi from Sanford to North Berwick and was charged with theft of services when he couldn’t pay for his ride. He was released with a summons from North Berwick police and started to walk toward Berwick, where police say he broke into the apartments.

LeGrand was taken again to the York County Jail. He was expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Springvale District Court.

 


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