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Kumar 

City teen arrested for thefts from elderly residents in Manchester high rises.


MANCHESTER — A city teen who was told by a police officer in November 2012 that she was not to enter any Manchester Housing and Redevelopment property, was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on trespass and theft charges that allege she entered three high rises for the disabled and elderly and stole from five residents.

She allegedly had conned them into letting her into their apartments.

Police listed the homeless shelter as the residence of Rosita Kumar, 19, but Kumar provided her mother's address -- 269 Cartier St. -- in applying for a court-appointed lawyer.

Kumar pleaded innocent to five charges of theft by unauthorized taking and four of criminal trespass. She's accused of conning the victims into letting her into their apartments and then stealing from them.

Kumar, who does have a grandmother living in the Burns high rise at 55 S. Main St., allegedly knocked on apartment doors there and claimed she'd walked from Bedford to see her grandmother, but the grandmother didn't respond to Kumar knocking on her door.

Kumar allegedly asked to use the victims' phones and stole items while in the apartments.

She allegedly used a similar ruse to enter apartments in the high rise buildings at 175 and 259 Chestnut St., where she would allegedly ask to use the phone and/or ask for bandages or to use the bathroom.

The thefts were discovered after Kumar allegedly left the victims' apartments on Oct. 7, 21 and 22. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards and IDs were among the items taken.

Officers Ed Devereux and Rick Brown said they were able to identify Kumar from surveillance video. Kumar's bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety and trial was set for Dec. 3.

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