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April 24, 2014

Amesbury man, 79, confronts burglars

AMESBURY — Local police are one step closer to apprehending two men who allegedly broke into a Point Shore home Easter Sunday while the 79-year-old homeowner was upstairs.

Yesterday, Amesbury police Sgt. Al Chatigny said detectives handling the brazen, mid-day attempted burglary believe they know one of the suspects.

According to Chatigny, the homeowner, Gary DuGrenier, was on the second floor of his Main Street house when someone knocked at the front door. Looking down, DuGrenier spotted two men with pry bars near the door.

By the time he made it downstairs, the two suspects, described as being tall and thin and between 25 and 35 years of age, had broken into an indoor patio and were rifling through items. They then tried to break into the main house, but were interrupted by DuGrenier, who confronted them.

The suspects then tried to flee the area but stopped as they saw DuGrenier try to write down the license plate number of their car. The suspects then grabbed the paper out of his hand.

When DuGrenier tried to write down the number a second time, the suspects grabbed that paper as well.

DuGrenier then tried calling police on his cellphone, but the suspects wrenched the phone away.

When the suspects got into their car and tried to drive off, DuGrenier attempted to block the driveway with a large object. When that failed, he threw a concrete ornament at the car, striking it before it sped off, according to Chatigny.

Chatigny said police have a strong lead on the identity of one of the alleged thieves and are continuing to search for the suspect.

DuGrenier’s house is located adjacent to the 1st Lt. Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge, and he and his wife, Rose, were among the first residents to drive across the bridge upon its reopening in August 2012.

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