N.H. man arrested in burglary of Peru store

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PERU — A New Hampshire man has been arrested in what police said was a burglary at a Peru store Monday after driving to town with a stolen vehicle.

Matthew Tyler, 21, of Claremont, New Hampshire, was arrested on charges of burglary, operating without owners' consent and unlawful mischief, according to Vermont State Police.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Monday, troopers responded to a reported burglary at the J.J. Hapgood General Store at 305 Main Street. They found signs of forced entry, and an investigation that included the police departments of Springfield and Claremont led to Tyler's arrest, according to a VSP release.

Investigators have accused Tyler of stealing a 2020 Toyota Tundra from a dealership in Claremont and then driving the truck to Peru, the release states. Police say he broke into J.J. Hapgood and "attempted to steal the cash register."

On Monday, state police circulated photos that they say came from a surveillance camera outside the store, showing the burglary suspect and the truck he was driving. They asked for public assistance in identifying the man.

Tyler is being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield in lieu of a $2,500 bail. He was scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior criminal court early Wednesday afternoon to enter a plea. The outcome of that hearing came after the Journal's deadline.

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