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Nashua police investigating two Fletcher Street home invasion robberies

Staff Writer

NASHUA – Two home invasion robberies on the same street last week have Nashua police on the hunt for a pair of unidentified men.

The robberies occurred three days apart on Fletcher Street. ...

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NASHUA – Two home invasion robberies on the same street last week have Nashua police on the hunt for a pair of unidentified men.

The robberies occurred three days apart on Fletcher Street.

The first was reported shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. The victim said two men entered his apartment on the short, mostly residential, road off Main Street, wearing masks and punched him then used pepper spray on him. The men fled the area and police are not sure if anything was taken, according to Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan.

The victim was not seriously injured but was treated at the scene for exposure to the pepper spray, police said.

Around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the same neighborhood. This time two victims told police that two Hispanic men forced entry into their home and that one had a handgun and the other had a hatchet.

They stole some property, which police are not identifying, and were seen fleeing south on Main Street in a silver BMW, police said.

While police are working on improving surveillance footage from the first robbery, the victims of the second robbery described one of the men as standing about 6 feet tall with a thin build and wearing a blue shirt and red shorts. The second suspect was wearing a dark sweatshirt with a white stripe on the sleeve, police said.

No one was injured during the second robbery, police said.

Linehan said police have determined that the second home was specifically targeted but are still trying to determine whether the first robbery was random.

“Generally these types of robberies are not random, but I can’t confirm that in the first incident,” he said.

Although no one was seriously injured in either incident, police are taking both robberies seriously because of the potential for violence.

“Home invasions are always a concern of ours because (the suspects) want the residents to be home,” Linehan said. “The potential for violence in home invasions is very high and as a result is something we take extremely serious.”

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call Nashua police at 594-3500 or the Nashua Crimeline at 594-1665.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).