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Police: Colorado man tried to break into Shaw’s

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 07, 2017 5:19AM

A Colorado man is facing a slew of charges from both Peterborough police and on warrants from Wisconsin, after he was arrested for allegedly trying to break into the Peterborough Shaw’s grocery store.

Late on Monday night, Peterborough police officer Craig Edsall noticed a white Toyota 4Runner pulled onto the shoulder of Dublin Road, and stopped to investigate. According to an affidavit filed by Edsall in the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey, he suspected that someone might have parked the vehicle there while vandalizing property in the area. Edsall called dispatch to check the vehicle’s plates and decided to scan the area. Moments after stepping out of his vehicle, however, he heard an alarm sounding from the Shaw’s. At the same time, dispatch notified him that the Toyota had been stolen in Colorado.

When Edsall checked the Shaw’s, it appeared that the door had been tampered with, and access to the store attempted, but not achieved.

Police called for backup, and officers from several towns, including New Ipswich, Temple-Greenville and the state police, responded to assist. They searched and cleared the Shaw’s, and then began to search in the wider area.

Police initially made contact with a man, later identified as Christopher Huber, 46, of Canyon City, Colo., near the area of the 4Runner, but the officer who talked with him did not know the full circumstances of the call, and Huber wasn’t detained at that time. Ultimately, however, a New Ipswich officer located Huber at the AllTown Market, and questioned him about his whereabouts at the time of the alarm.

According to Edsall’s affidavit, Huber initially gave police a false name and date of birth, which linked him to Colorado. Police found his story of his whereabouts that night “unlikely,” according to the affidavit, and suspected his involvement in the attempted break-in at Shaw’s and the stolen vehicle parked nearby.

The Canyon City, Colo., police were able to send a photograph to Peterborough police of the suspected car thief, whom Peterborough police were able to identify as Huber. Additionally, a photograph of Huber sent from Peterborough police was identified by the car’s owner.

Police were also able to obtain security footage from the Shaw’s, which showed a man appearing to be Huber walking under the camera to the door that was tampered with.

Peterborough police charged Huber with receiving stolen property and being a fugitive from justice, both class A felonies, and loitering or prowling, which is a violation.

According to court documents, Huber also had multiple warrants issued in Wisconsin, where he lived prior to Colorado, on changes including bail jumping, three counts of theft of movable property worth less than $2,500 (repeat offense), theft by false representation (repeat offender), driving or operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to appear, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, vehicle theft, and misdemeanor theft.

Huber was held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, which was upheld at his arraignment on Aug. 29. He is currently being held at the Hillsborough Country House of Corrections. He is expected at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey on Sept. 13 for a probable cause hearing.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.