Police responded at 3:45 a.m. on June 3 after an alarm sounded at R&J Auto Body, 32 Calef Highway (Route 125) in Rochester, NH. After an investigation, officers discovered the business had been broken into and several vehicles owned by customers had been gone through, according to police.
Police arrested a man living in a motel in connection with the burglary at the body shop. Shawn Cote, 27, was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, contempt and two counts of criminal mischief.
The local K-9 team responded and led police to a unit at the nearby Riviera Motel, where officers found evidence they say linked Cote to the incident along with stolen items from unrelated thefts.
Police said Cote damaged police property while he was in custody, and he also violated bail conditions from a previous arrest for receiving stolen property.
After refusing bail, Cote was transported to the Strafford County Jail in Dover. He was arraigned via video in 7th Circuit Court, Rochester District Court.