NAPLES – Police caught two New Hampshire men in the middle of the night after they reportedly tried to break into a pharmacy.
Cumberland County deputies arrested John F. Redden, 33, of Milford, N.H., and Grant V. Morse, 40, of Hampton Falls, N.H., after a deputy saw them driving a dark van south on Route 302 toward Windham.
Police already were on the lookout for suspects after an alarm was triggered early Wednesday morning by an unsuccessful break-in at Naples Pharmacy on 4 Meserve St. Burglars had pried open the building’s back door and then kicked open an interior door around 12:30 a.m., but couldn’t enter the pharmacy because it was fortified by a steel door.
The van stopped when it had one cruiser behind it and two more coming toward it. When the driver of the van pulled it over, Morse, the passenger, jumped out and ran into the woods, according to police.
Deputy Matt Tufts caught him quickly, Capt. William Rhoads said Wednesday.
“He caught right up to him,” Rhoads said. “Tufts is in very good shape.”
Both men were charged with burglary and criminal mischief, and Redden was also charged with failure to give police his correct name and operating without a license.
Rhoads said the same pharmacy was burglarized in 2002, but no suspect was ever found. He said a detective was interviewing the two men to determine if they had a previous criminal history.
Both men were taken to Cumberland County Jail.