MANCHESTER - Police officers were kept busy Sunday with three separate reports of shoplifting at local supermarkets, including one involving a man charged with assaulting a detective.
Carlos Martinez, 36, of Manchester, was arrested Sunday around 11 a.m. after police were notified by the loss prevention officer at Market Basket, 460 Elm St., that he had attempted to leave the store without paying for $50 in personal hygiene products.
Detective Candice Thomas questioned Martinez, and police said he was initially cooperative, then became increasingly agitated as Thomas attempted to determine his identity. Police say he suddenly grabbed his license out of the detective's hand and pushed passed her toward the exit. Thomas stopped him in the hallway at the top of some stairs and after a struggle, detained Martinez with the assistance of the loss prevention officer.
Martinez was charged with theft, simple assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. He was also placed on a 72-hour hold by probation.
Later Sunday, around 6 p.m., Officer Ryan Boyd was working a detail at the Stop and Shop, 365 Lincoln St., when the loss prevention officer said two men walked out of the store, one with a $3 can of Red Bull in his hand. Boyd caught up with the two, who were seated on a bench outside the store.
Boyd arrested Michael Couch, 19, of Manchester, and charged him with theft as well as violating existing bail conditions. He was also placed on a 72-hour hold for probation.
The second man, Cody Duarte, 19, of Manchester, was also arrested and charged with theft when Boyd said he found two frozen desserts valued at about $25 inside his backpack.
As the transport vehicle arrived at the store to pick up the two, Boyd spotted a third man walking out of the store with several food items that were not bagged. Boyd said the man had about $70 in food items that he determined were stolen, and arrested him.
That man was identified as Joseph Belcourt, 39, of Manchester. Because he had two prior theft convictions, he was charged with felony theft. He was also charged with violating bail conditions out of Hillsborough County Superior Court.