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  • Michael McFarland, 34, of Manchester
  • Sharon Olson, 21, of Litchfield

    Charged with two counts of burglary and possession of heroin.

    Arrested May 4, 2012 by Pelham Police.
Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pair arrested in connection with Pelham burglaries Friday

PELHAM – Two people were arrested Friday after being caught in the midst of an alleged burglary spree.

Sharon Olson, 21, of Litchfield, and Michael McFarland, 34, of Manchester, were arrested and charged after allegedly taking jewelry and coins from two residences.

Olson was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of possession of heroin. She is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

McFarland was charged with two counts of criminal liability for the conduct of another, receiving stolen property and operating after suspension. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Pelham police said they received a call at approximately 3:20 p.m. Friday from a Balcom Road resident who said a female had just broken into 22 Balcom Road. According to police, the caller said the female came out of the house wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a black bag.

According to police, Lt. Gary Fisher arrived on scene soon after the call and saw a female matching the description of the alleged burglar walking toward him.

Police said the female dropped items she was carrying as Fisher approached her. The female was immediately detained and was identified as Olson.

Police found jewelry in her possession that was believed to have been taken from the Balcom Road residence.

Olson told police that a male subject, later identified as McFarland, had dropped her off at the scene and was going to return to pick her up. As Olson was describing McFarland’s vehicle, he drove past the area and officers were able to stop him in his blue Chrysler Town and Country van, which police said held more stolen property.

According to police, further investigation revealed that the Balcom Road residence was the second burglary that Olson allegedly committed in Pelham on Friday. Police said Olson threw a rock through a door window of a residence on Windham Road and took jewelry and coins from that residence. Police said McFarland allegedly dropped Olson off on Windham Road and drove around for a short time before picking her up and driving her to Balcom Road.

Both Olson, and McFarland, are scheduled to be arraigned in Salem Circuit court Monday.

Danielle Curtis can be reached at 594-6557 or dcurtis@nashuatelegraph.com.