Authorities searching for burglary suspect

NASHUA – Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Rafael Rodriguez, the 25-year-old Nashua man facing burglary, drug and other charges in two separate cases, after he failed to appear at this week’s plea and sentencing hearing intended to resolve both cases.

A Superior Court judge promptly granted the issuance of the warrant for Rodriguez, most recently of 41 Congress St., when it became apparent he would not appear at the hearing, according to court documents.

The hearing had been pending since late May, when the parties notified the court that a plea agreement had been reached and they were ready to move forward.

Among the documents in Rodriguez’s case file is a letter of acceptance to a residential substance abuse treatment facility, but it doesn’t indicate whether he entered the program, or if so, the time frame during which he was a resident.

Meanwhile, the charges contained in the first of Rodriguez’s two Superior Court cases include one count each of receiving stolen property and possession of heroin, both felonies, and one violation-level count each of criminal trespass and criminal mischief to a vehicle.

The receiving charge accuses him of acquiring, on Christmas Day, several items that had been stolen from a Hudson residence. Noted is that Rodriguez had twice been convicted of theft-related charges.

The second set of charges, which stem from alleged incidents on Jan. 22, include one count each of burglary and attempted burglary, felonies, and one count each of criminal mischief and possession of a burglar tool, misdemeanors.

Police said they received two separate calls on Jan. 22, with each caller claiming to hear someone trying to enter their houses.

Officers responding to the second call saw a man, later identified as Rodriguez, walking along Daniel Webster Highway, police said. Upon questioning him, officers determined he was allegedly responsible for both incidents.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup or @Telegraph_DeanS.