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Hancock man arrested in connection to burglary 

  • Justin Bell, 22, was arrested in connection with a burglary in which two safes and a cash box were stolen from Mathewson Companies in Hancock.  Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 12:33PM
Hancock officers responded to the business and an investigation identified a suspect through a surveillance video. Officers recognized the suspect

Police arrested a Hancock man in connection to a burglary reported at a local business on Sunday morning. 

Justin Bell, 22, was arrested after it was reported to police that Mathewson Companies, located on Norway Hill Road, had been broken into. Two safes and a cash box were both stolen, according to a press release about the incident.

The excavation, water, sewer, and utility company didn’t respond to a phone call from the Ledger-Transcript by deadline on Monday. 

Hancock officers responded to the business and an investigation identified a suspect through a surveillance video. Officers recognized the suspect and requested a warrant from the 8th Circuit Court – District Division – Jaffrey court. Police also received a search warrant for Bell’s vehicle and home.

Police were able to locate Bell in his vehicle on Elmwood Road. He was arrested without incident and transported to the station in Hancock where he was interviewed. Bell waived his rights to legal counsel and during the interview told officers where to find the safes and cash box. Hancock and Greenfield police officers searched Bell’s vehicle and seized property that was possibly related to the crime.

Bell faces one count of burglary, which is considered a class A felony. A bail commissioner was called to set bail, but Bell said he didn’t want the services. He was transported to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections where he will be until he is arraigned.

Bell is being held on a 72-hour probation/ parole hold.

Bell has a long record, many of which are listed as burglaries or thefts, according to court documents. He was found guilty of five felony-level burglaries in 2015, in which conditions included not being within 300 feet of New England Forest Products Inc. in Greenfield, McGrath Lumber Co. in Greenfield, the Ginger House in Antrim, Tyler's Small Engine in Antrim, or have any contact with a victim referred to as “J.B.” as a result of the different incidents. 

In 2013, Bell was charged with one count of first-degree assault which is a felony-level charge. He faced the charge after a 16 year old reported Bell had stabbed and slashed him in a driveway. Bell was 17 years old at the time. 

Bell also has faced a number of drug-related charges over the years.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.