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Man charged with 2019 burglary at Stafford Fish and Game Club | Crime and courts

State police have arrested a New Hampshire man in connection with a Stafford Fish and Game Club robbery nearly two years ago.

The man, Kevin Gearhart, 55, of Manchester, New Hampshire, is charged with third degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief and sixth degree larceny.

A state police affidavit provides the following details:

On December 17, 2019, the club president was at home watching surveillance video from the night and saw that someone had broken into the building. On his way to the club, he waved to a soldier who accompanied him there.

Together they discovered that a window at the back of the building had been smashed, the door to the supply room had been kicked in, and money had been taken from the bar ledger.

The president said a T-shirt for sale was also taken. In total, he estimated the damage to the building would cost nearly $4,000 to repair.

State police reviewed camera footage and captured still photos of the burglar inside the building. These photos were distributed online with a request for information about the man.

Shortly after, State Police were told by Mansfield, Massachusetts police that they were looking for Gearhart in connection with a case of their own, and he matched the man’s description. On the photos.

Massachusetts police arrested Gearhart the next day wearing the same clothes he wore in Stafford’s video and with matching tattoos.

Gearhart was incarcerated in Massachusetts.