February 09. 2018 8:30AM

Man accused of stealing bongos, tossing shotgun in pond pleads guilty to stolen property charge

Union Leader Correspondent

Derron Johnson 

SOUTH HAMPTON — A man accused of stealing bongo drums and other equipment during a break-in at a South Hampton school and of tossing a stolen shotgun into a Kensington pond on the night of the burglary has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

Derron Johnson, 43, of Southwick, Mass., was given a suspended one-year jail sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor receiving stolen property charge in Rockingham County Superior Court.

The charge stems from the night of April 13, 2017, when Johnson allegedly burglarized Barnard School.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty to additional charges filed by South Hampton police of burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, resisting arrest and two counts of criminal mischief.

A status hearing on those charges is scheduled for Feb. 28 in Seabrook Circuit Court.

The complaints allege Johnson broke into the school around 8:44 p.m. by smashing a window with a rock and stole an iPad, guitar, bongo drums and a CD.

School custodian Stan Benosky told the New Hampshire Union Leader that he heard a loud noise and came into contact with the burglar, later identified by police as Johnson.

Benosky had said Johnson told him that he was a music teacher, which he knew wasn’t true.

Johnson allegedly ran to his pickup truck and then fled from police by driving around South Hampton police Sgt. Eric Vichill while he was signaling for him to stop.

Police also allege Johnson purposely tore up the grassy area in front of the school by driving over it and spinning his tires.

Officers in Amesbury, Mass., later pursued Johnson, who crashed his truck in Merrimac, Mass.

Kensington Police Chief Scott Sanders has said Johnson admitted that he planned to burglarize Kensington Elementary School as well but took off when he found a custodian still working inside. The custodian was at the school painting chick and bunny feet on the floors for students to find when they showed up in the morning.