Police: Attempted break-in leads to arrest, confession to other burglaries
CARTHAGE - A Livermore Falls man was arrested following an alleged attempt to break into a residence on Center Hill Road in Weld Tuesday morning, with police saying the man admitted to committing other burglaries over the past few weeks.
Jeromy Merchant, 31, with a last known address on Munsey Avenue in Livermore Falls was arrested in Carthage on a probation violation Tuesday, following a search by Franklin County Sheriff's Department and other local departments.
Just after 11 a.m., dispatchers received a call from a resident on the Center Hill Road in Weld regarding an attempt to break into their home. The suspect fled, reportedly in a blue vehicle, and several FCSD deputies responded to the area. Wilton and Dixfield Police Department personnel, as well as other agencies, were informed about the incident and began monitoring roads exiting the area.
According to FCSD Lt. Niles Yeaton, Dixfield officers traveling down Rt. 142 from Dixfield to Carthage observed a man matching the description of the suspect and detained him. FCSD personnel then interviewed the man, Merchant, that afternoon.
"The suspect was interviewed by deputies and made admissions to committing numerous burglaries during the past four weeks," Yeaton said in a statement released Wednesday morning. "Some reported stolen items were located in the vehicle, identified and seized by deputies."
Merchant was arrested on a probation violation and was taken to Franklin County Detention Center for processing.
"We thank the area law enforcement agencies for their quick response in the apprehension of this suspect," Yeaton said.