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Accused Northfield burglar to remain in jail – Concord Monitor

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Published: 4/17/2019 12:47:22 PM

A Northfield man charged in connection with a home burglary caught on video surveillance last week will remain in state custody for now.

Brennan Szanto, 31, waived his right Wednesday morning to an evidentiary hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord where he faces four felony counts of burglary.

During an arraignment Monday, Judge Richard McNamara ordered Szanto detained at the county jail in Boscawen for lack of $10,000 bail but granted the defense’s request for a further hearing. However, the defense chose Wednesday not to move forward and instead conceded to the bail conditions previously set. The issue of bail can be revisited at attorneys’ request any time.

Wednesday’s hearing would have included witness testimony to help the court further weigh any potential danger Szanto poses to himself and the community.

Northfield police say a home surveillance camera at 32 Bean Hill Road caught Szanto enter a sunroom April 9 shortly after 2 a.m. and then return to the residence about 4:30 p.m., at which time he attempted to gain entry into the main living quarters. Surveillance video captures a man trying to get into a locked door that leads to the kitchen by using some kind of card or device, which caught the attention of the homeowners’ pitbull, Northfield police Lt. Michael Hutchinson said.

Police also took a report of a burglary at 24 Bean Hill Road where approximately $100 was stolen from a wallet that was in a kitchen. Authorities allege Szanto broke into the home and attempted to burglarize others in the area that same night.

Police said their investigation remains ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming.

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