CONWAY POLICE ARREST BROWNFIELD MAN FOR BURGLARY

by Christian Mower on July 19, 2012

CONWAY POLICE SAY A 40-YEAR-OLD BROWNFELD, MAINE MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WHILE ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO BURGLARIZE A HOME ON WEST MAIN ST. IN CONWAY.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS JAMES P. WALSH OF MOORE ROAD WAS INITIALLY STOPPED BY ONE OF HIS OFFICERS ABOUT ONE A.M. WEDNESDAY NEAR INTERVALE CROSSROADS FOR SPEEDING AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN. WALSH REPORTEDLY TOLD POLICE HE WAS RUSHING TO 174 WEST MAIN STREET IN CONWAY BECAUSE HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND WAS INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE WITH HER CURRENT BOYFRIEND.

OFFICERS THEN WENT TO THE RESIDENCE ON WEST MAIN ST. AND DETERMINED WALSH’S STORY WAS FALSE AFTER FINDING THERE WAS NO DOMESTIC DISPUTE. ABOUT AN HOUR LATER, PERLEY SAYS, POLICE GOT A CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR NEAR 174 WEST MAIN ST. REPORTING THERE WAS A SUSPICIOUS MAN ON THE ROOF OF THE HOME. POLICE THEN RESPONDED AND ARRESTED WALSH AND CHARGED HIM WITH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AND STALKING.

PERLEY SAYS THE STALKING AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF CHARGES EACH CARRY A POTENTIAL SENTENCE OF ONE YEAR AND A POSSIBLE FINE OF $2,000.

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT BURGLARY DURING THE NIGHT IS A CLASS A FELONY PUNISHABLE BY UP TO 15 YEARS IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PRISON. PERLEY SAYS WALSH FACES DOUBLE PENALTIES ON THE CHARGES BECAUSE HE WAS OUT ON BAIL ON TWO OTHER SEPARATE CHARGES, DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND RECKLESS OPERATION.

WALSH APPEARED IN DISTRICT COURT IN OSSIPEE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, WHERE A JUDGE ORDERED HIM HELD ON $10,000 CASH BAIL.