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Manchester Democratic Party office was broken into, too

CONCORD, N.H. --Five weeks before New Hampshire's Democratic Party headquarters was broken into, there was a break-in reported at a Democratic Party office in Manchester.

The door to the Manchester Democratic Committee office was forced open over the weekend of Jan. 20-21, according to party officials and the Manchester police.

Raymond Buckley, chairman of the city Democrats and vice chairman of the state Democratic Party, told the Concord Monitor he doesn't believe anything was taken from or vandalized in the Manchester office. Buckley also dismissed any connection between that break-in and the burglary reported at the party's headquarters in Concord last weekend.

"There was nothing missing, and the door has been replaced," Buckley said.

Party Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan and party spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said on Monday that no personal financial information appeared to have been taken from the Concord office.

Concord Police Lt. Walter Carroll said his investigators contacted the state attorney general's office and the FBI about the burglary. He said Concord detectives learned of the break-in at the Manchester Democratic office on Tuesday, and spoke with Manchester police on Wednesday to see if there were any similarities between the two break-ins.

When an officer arrived at the Manchester offices, Mike Brunelle, executive director of the Manchester Democratic Committee, told the officer that nothing seemed to have been stolen, Manchester Sgt. Maureen Tessier said.

"There has been no further investigation," she said.


Information from: Concord Monitor,