Neighbor thwarts break-in, detains suspect at gunpoint

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — A man who broke into a New Hampshire home was caught at gunpoint by the homeowner's neighbor, police said.

Andrew Billcliff, 31, of Plaistow, was arrested and charged with burglary and breach of bail Wednesday after his attempted break-in was thwarted by a neighbor.

The homeowner said that when she arrived home Wednesday afternoon she saw a car that was not familiar parked in her driveway with the engine running. She then went to her neighbor's house and stayed there while he checked on her home.

Upon entering the house, the neighbor encountered an intruder in the house and proceeded to show his firearm. He then helped detain him at gunpoint in the driveway until officials arrived.

“He held the burglar at bay until we could arrive,” said Pelham Police Sgt. Matt Keenliside. “So he didn’t do anything wrong there, he’s OK.”

The suspected thief tried to take some family heirlooms and the kids’ piggy-banks.

The Associated Press left a message at a number for Billcliffe and he does not yet have an attorney.

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