By KENNY TAYLOR-LARRYReuters MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Hampshire police on Saturday raided a home in Manchester, a major city in central New England, where they found a man suspected in stealing beer.
The search warrant, obtained by Reuters, said a man who has not been named was in the home on Thursday.
The home is located in the town of Nashua.
A man who answered the door and said he was working for police and could not comment declined to give further details.
Neighbors said they were shocked to hear of the raid, and said they heard a man say that someone had called police on Thursday night to report a burglary at a home he did not own.
Police have not confirmed that the man in question is the same man who said he had called, and they have not provided a motive for the raid.
On Saturday night, officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a house in Manchester for suspected drug trafficking.
The raid came after New Hampshire lawmakers called for a crackdown on the growing problem of illicit drugs.
Last month, a New Hampshire man pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4,000 worth of beer from a New England restaurant after he stole a cooler from the kitchen.
A spokeswoman for New Hampshire Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that he was deeply troubled by the case and said it would be a priority to hold those responsible accountable.
The spokeswoman said Cuomo was concerned that people in this case were breaking the law and should be held accountable.
In a statement on Friday, the governor’s office said it was working with state and local law enforcement officials to find those responsible for the crime and to prevent further recidivism.
“We are committed to working with law enforcement to prosecute anyone who engages in this type of criminal activity, and will continue to aggressively pursue those responsible, and we are committed, through our law enforcement partners, to provide them with the tools they need to do so,” the statement said.
In December, New York state voters approved a measure that makes it illegal to sell or provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
The measure also allows police to confiscate a person’s identification if they find the person has been convicted of a crime and have no other valid excuse.