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June 26, 2013

Search for TV remote leads to man's arrest

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Then, on Monday, police got a call from the victim. On Sunday night, she said, Suarez showed up at her apartment and, when her daughter opened the door a crack, barged in, looking around the area where the television had been.

He was looking for the remote.

The victim told him that whoever stole the television had also taken the remote.

“No, they didn’t,” Suarez allegedly blurted out.

When Detective Eric Connolly paid Suarez a visit on Monday, Suarez again refused to consent to a search. Connolly told him that the police were going to get a warrant.

Suarez ran into his bedroom and closed the door behind him, police said. Then Connolly heard noises from the room that sounded like someone moving large items.

Moments later, he came out of the room and offered to consent to a search.

Meanwhile, Patrolman DeeJay Gagnon was walking back to his cruiser when he noticed a large flat-screen television in the bushes, directly below Suarez’s window.

Confronted, Suarez had no explanation, police said.

Judge Sabita Singh ordered that if Suarez makes the $500 bail she set, he must stay away from the victim. A pretrial hearing is set for July 18.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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