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Manchester CrimeWatch: City man charged with stealing UPS driver's cell phone

MANCHESTER — A city man sought on burglary, criminal threatening and theft charges in connection with an Aug. 22 incident at a Village Circle Way apartment was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on those and other charges of theft by unauthorized taking, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Jonathan Dearborn, 20, who says he is homeless, allegedly stole a cell phone from a UPS driver’s truck near Chase Way Thursday and fled, with the driver in pursuit. The driver briefly caught Dearborn, but Dearborn escaped near 1220 Elm St.

Moments later, police received a report of a person matching the thief’s description crawling through a window at a nearby Prospect Street address and police, including Officer Jake Tyler and his K-9 Bud, searched the building and found Dearborn.

In addition to the new charges of resisting arrest and theft, Dearborn was arrested on burglary, theft and threatening warrants stemming from a burglary and fight with a victim on English Village Road Aug. 22, as well as charges of theft and receiving stolen property stemming from thefts of cell phones from an acquaintance and from a store at the Mall of New Hampshire, and from retaining money received for sale of a stolen phone.


Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $25,000 cash/surety bail, saying Dearborn was convicted in February of theft and receiving stolen property for which he received a suspended 12-month sentence and has prior convictions that include stalking, willful concealment and criminal trespass.

Dearborn protested the bail amount as too high, but Judge Thomas Barry increased it to $33,000 cash/surety — $6,000 on each of the five felonies and $1,000 on each of the misdemeanors. Barry said: “I think 33 is a little low myself.”


Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 26 and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Oct. 17.

Car window smashed

Owen Plausky, 18, of 394 Second St., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanors of criminal mischief and resisting arrest and a violation of unlawful possession of alcohol.

Plausky is accused of smashing a car window in a vehicle he and his friends apparently thought had splashed or was going to splash him and his friends.

The driver told police she was on Second Street, behind a car that had splashed three young men on the sidewalk. She said the trio approached her car, one of them hitting her windows with what she thought was a bat and another holding his hand behind his back, saying he had a gun.

She said the men ran off and when police, including Officer Joe Ryan and K-9 Cooper, began a search, flushing one man out of a wooded area.

Plausky, who police said appeared to have been drinking, matched the description of the window smasher and he had an expandable baton in his possession.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $2,000 cash/surety bail, saying Plausky is on probation. He has a July trespass conviction and previous convictions for criminal mischief and drug possession. Trial was set for Oct. 21.

Prostitution arrest

A Massachusetts man was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a misdemeanor prostitution charge that alleges he offered to perform a sex act on an officer for $150.

Police said they were alerted by a staff person at Sheraton Four Points, 55 John Devine Drive, about suspicious activity in one of the rooms as a result of online activity.

Police said their investigation into the activities of Patrick Benson, 23, of Mattapan, led to the arrest.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $2,000 cash/surety bail for Benson, who she said is facing a larceny charge in Massachusetts. Trial was set for Oct. 17.

Returned after release

A bail revocation hearing is scheduled Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Jeffrey Gagnon, 47, of 55 Cedar Hill Drive, who is accused of returning to the Cedar Hill address in violation of bail conditions.

Gagnon is accused of grabbing his wife by the head and neck and trying to stuff paper down her throat.

After he was released on bail on the simple assault charge, police said he returned to the Cedar Hill address, despite bail conditions barring him from doing so, and entered the residence.

Trial was set for Oct. 17.

Bail conditions bar alcohol use

Eugene Gabriel, 54, of 253 Lake Ave., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a charge of violation of a domestic violence protective order and trial was set for Oct. 17.

Gabriel is accused of going to his wife’s residence and calling her several times to ask her to drop the protective order.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Gabriel, who was convicted of breach of bail Aug. 30.

Judge Thomas Barry set bail at the requested amount and told Gabriel the conditions include all the conditions that are part of the DVP, plus no use of alcohol.

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