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Antrim / Peterborough

Home invasion  charges unsealed

An Antrim man charged in relation to a home invasion that took place in Peterborough on Christmas Eve, 2012, allegedly drove a car to the Lounsbury Lane home and waited outside while three teens allegedly entered the home and assaulted a 17-year-old boy who was sleeping in the basement.

On Tuesday, N.H. Superior Court officials released copies of the Grand Jury indictments against Samuel Ruoff, 21, of Antrim, which had been sealed since February because Ruoff was not in police custody. He was arrested on March 7 at his home on Elm Avenue in Antrim.

Ruoff is charged with robbery, first degree assault, conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of burglary. He is charged with “acting in concert with” Austin Cadorette, 18, and Dylan Cadorette, 17, both of Greenfield, and Isaac Lyons, 17, of Antrim, who on Dec. 24, 2012, allegedly smashed a basement window of a Lounsbury Lane home, reached in to unlock a deadbolt to gain entry into the house and threatened the 17-year-old, who was sleeping in the basement.

The youth recognized the intruders and identified them to police, who arrested Lyons and the Cadorette brothers about two hours after the break-in.

The two burglary indictments state that Ruoff acted as a driver when the other three broke into the house. The robbery, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit burglary indictments don’t indicate that Ruoff entered the house. But he is being charged with the same crimes as the Cadorettes and Lyons, on the basis that he acted with them in planning the home invasion.

According to Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, Ruoff was taken into custody by U.S. marshals and Antrim police, was processed at the Antrim police station, then released to the marshal’s office and taken to Valley Street Jail in Manchester.

The Cadorettes and Lyons were indicted on Feb. 14 on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, first-degree assault and two counts of burglary.

The first-degree assault charges and the robbery charges state that the three teens acted in concert with or aided each other in using physical force against the victim, by hitting him in the head with a firearm. The charges do not specify which of the three was actually holding the firearm.

Ruoff was scheduled to be arraigned this week in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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