Pair Arrested on Burglary Charges


Concord Police arrest Steven Ridgeway – again – and Francis Gay after an incident at the Best Western earlier this year.

CONCORD, NH - Two people have been arrested in connection with a burglarized hotel room earlier this year, according to court records.

Francis Gay, 51, left, of Fisherville Road in Concord, was arrested on Jan. 29, 2016, on felony burglary and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. Also arrested was Steven D. Ridgeway, 41, of Clinton Street in Concord, was arrested for felony burglary.

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According to court affidavits, police were sent to the Best Western hotel on Hall Street for a report of a burglary in a room on the first floor.

The officers met with the two victims who stated that they had been hanging out at a friend’s house and when they returned to their room, they found that a window in the hotel room had been smashed.

“All of their clothing that had been in the dress drawers was now on the floor,” the report stated. “(The victims) were missing several items of clothing, sunglasses, and a valet key to (one of the victim’s) car.”

The officers found footprints in the snow outside of the window and then checked security cameras at the hotel. According to surveillance, officers saw two suspects exit a Volvo, come through the back entrance of the hotel’s first floor, and then they walked up to the room door. They then knocked on the door, according to the video. After there was no answer, they left and exited from the same door.

On another camera angle, one suspect comes into the hotel and checks the front desk area. When he doesn’t see any employees, he heads back to the room and stands in the front of the door, according to an affidavit. The first suspect was wearing a dark cap, a sweatshirt, and gloves.

The second suspect went around to the south side of the hotel but was then lost in a section that was not covered by cameras, according to the investigation. The first suspect was seen being let into the room by the second suspect, according to the video. The officer alleged seeing the second suspect walk with a bag of items, according to the report. That suspect was described as having gray hair and wearing a dark jacket.

The officer shared pictures of the suspects and another officer and a detective alleged that the second suspect was Gay, according to the report, due to “numerous interactions with Gay.”

On Jan. 22, an officer was on North Spring Street looking for a wanted suspect when he came across Gay with his girlfriend, Tracy Hebert, and he was allegedly wearing the same sweatshirt and sneakers as seen in the burglary video, according to the report.

“When I saw Gay, I immediately recognized him from the video I had seen as the subject who had entered the room at the Best Western,” the officer alleged.

The next day, the officer was on South Street checking for the red Volvo and made contact with the owner. A wanted woman, Rebecca Maines, was taken into custody at her home and while doing so, the officer reportedly recognized the first suspect from the video – Ridgeway – who wasn’t wearing a knit cap but allegedly had “the same facial features” from the security video.

The officer filed affidavits against both Gay and Ridgeway in the case on Jan. 22, and they were arrested later.

When Gay was arrested on North Spring Street on Jan. 29, police alleged that he was in possession of Trazodone but didn’t a prescription for the drug.

Previously, according to state records, Gay was convicted of second-degree homicide after being convicted in 1989, on an 18-years to life sentence, and was up for parole in July 2007. In May 2007, he was put on walkway status from a halfway house and turned himself in a week later. The next month, his parole was revoked.

Ridgeway was arrested in November 2015 on felony drug, vandalism, burglary tools, and other charges, after allegedly breaking into vehicles at Regal Cinemas.

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