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Antrim / PETERBOROUGH

4th man charged in Christmas Eve home invasion

Charges sealed in secret indictment at Hillsborough County Superior Court; Antrim resident to appear in court today

An Antrim man was arrested Thursday following his indictment on charges related to a home invasion that took place in Peterborough on Christmas Eve, 2012.

According to Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, Samuel Ruoff, 21, of Antrim was taken into custody by U.S. marshals and Antrim police at his Elm Avenue home. He was processed at the Antrim police station, then released to the marshal’s office and taken to Valley Street Jail in Manchester. The charges against him were part of a sealed indictment.

Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard said Monday that Ruoff was indicted earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The charges, Guinard said, are related to a break-in at a Lounsbury Lane home on Dec. 24, 2012, which led to charges against three area teens.

Austin Cadorette, 18, and his brother, Dylan Cadorette, 17, both of Greenfield, and Isaac Lyons, 17, of Antrim were indicted on Feb. 14 on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, first-degree assault and two counts of burglary.

In the Christmas Eve incident, the Cadorette brothers and Lyons alledgedly smashed a basement window, reached in to unlock a deadbolt to gain entry into the house and threatened a 17-year-old boy, the homeowners’ son, 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 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.

Guinard declined to give details of Ruoff’s alleged involvement in the incident, other than to say, “He participated in the crimes.”

Guinard said additional charges against Ruoff are likely.

According to officials at Hillsborough County Superior Court North, the indictment against Ruoff was sealed when it was handed down earlier this year, because Ruoff was not in custody.

Jeffrey White, the deputy U.S. marshal, said Ruoff also has bail conditions placed on him following an August arrest.

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

Reporter Brandon Lawrence contributed to this story. Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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