Homeless teen facing felony trespassing charge


BENNINGTON -- A homeless 17-year-old is facing a felony trespassing charge after police found him a Manchester home while the owners were away.

Peter Gamble, 17, was released under the condition that he not go to the Main Street dwelling where police found him after a friend of his said he had called her, inviting her over to the residence. He pleaded not guilty to felony unlawful trespass.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer Chris Mason, on Tuesday at 5:35 a.m. police received a call from a woman who said Gamble had called her, asking her to come to a dwelling on Main Street. She said he sounded as though he were "tripping."

Police went to the home and found the door to a shed attached to the house was open. There were no signs of forced entry, but police could smell burnt marijuana. They found Gamble standing in one of the rooms along with his backpack and a glass jar containing a small amount of marijuana. Gamble told police he was homeless and wanted a warm place to stay for the night. He said he planned to leave before anyone noticed. Gamble told police he does not know the homeowners and had no permission to be there.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com.


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