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Manchester Crimewatch: City woman charged in connection with beer theft

April 24. 2013 2:29AM

MANCHESTER - A city woman who was in a Cumberland Farms store on Webster Street March 5 when a man stole a 30-pack of beer, and ran out of the story yelling "that man just robbed the store," was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of falsifying physical evidence and a misdemeanor of theft of lost/mislaid property connected to the incident.

Police said Sheri Adams, 20, of 402 Rimmon St., picked up the beer from a Walnut Street driveway where the thief had abandoned it and gave it to friends.

Court documents show that an officer who investigated the March robbery, finding only two cans of beer in the Walnut Street driveway, was told by witnesses that a woman in a red Suburban had gone up the driveway where the beer had been left.

That officer, who went to a motor vehicle stop April 20, reported that in conversation Adams was identified as the woman who shouted about the robbery.

The documents also show Adams told police she had taken the stolen beer from the driveway and brought it to a friend's house because she doesn't drink beer.

Bail was continued at $1,000 cash/surety.

A probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for May 7 and trial on the misdemeanor was set for June 4.

Changed the locks

When Caviator Alexander, 62, was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault, accused of grabbing a woman by the neck and arm in an effort to force her out of his apartment at 374 Merrimack St., his $1,000 personal recognizance bail conditions barred him from returning to that address.

But Alexander's victim, who had been staying at his apartment, told police that when she returned to the Merrimack Street address, Alexander had changed the locks and was in the apartment.

Court documents show that when police went to the apartment, Alexander was there and he was arrested and charged with stalking for violating bail conditions.

He pleaded innocent at his arraignment on the stalking charge Tuesday in Circuit Court.

Because Alexander allegedly violated bail conditions, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail and a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Trial on the new charge was set for June 19, the same day as trial on the assault charge.

Using force elevates crime

Brian Mains, 20, of 10 Country Club Drive, could enter no plea Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of robbery.

Mains is accused of entering the Market Basket, 460 Elm St., Monday and taking pizza, milk and a soft drink valued at $5.49 and leaving without paying. When he was confronted by a loss prevention officer and another store employee, he's accused of shoving both of them in an attempt to flee and of struggling until police arrived.

What would otherwise be a theft charge becomes a felony robbery charge when force is used in the commission of the offense. No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for May 7. Bail is $2,000 cash/surety.

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