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March 18, 2013

Two arrested for inhaling vapors

Both men have criminal histories

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Minutes later, the suspect approached the victim, asking her what all the commotion was all about and said he heard someone fall down the stairs and run out of the house. Police then spoke to the victim, who mentioned Harkness might have seen the home invader.

As police were combing the area looking for the suspect, officers went up to Harkness’ apartment and began talking to him. Police noticed he looked nervous and was out of breath. They also noticed a black hat and black clothing on the ground that matched the description given by the victim.

When police went into the apartment, an officer spotted three shirts that the victim had reported missing from her closet.

Eventually, Harkness admitted his involvement, saying to police, “I screwed up,” according to the report.

Bilodeau is also a convicted felon having been found guilty in December 2011 of trying to intimidate the mother of his child to give him money so he could hang out with friends rather than buy medicine for his sick baby. Judge Allen Swan found him guilty on the charges of carrying a dangerous weapon (brass knuckles), threatening to commit a crime and witness intimidation. Bilodeau was also found guilty of violating an abuse prevention order, trespass and reckless endangerment of his child.

Last month, Bilodeau was found guilty of receiving stolen property worth less than $250 and sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with 70 days deemed served and the balance suspended for a year. He, too, was to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens.

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