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Manchester Crimewatch: City man, mom charged in air conditioner thefts

November 12. 2013 11:47PM

MANCHESTER — Police charged Michael Garcia, 28, and his mother, Donna, 44, both of 325 Amory St., in connection with the theft of air conditioners that Michael planned to sell for scrap.

Michael was charged with misdemeanor theft and his mother with criminal liability to theft. Police said a neighbor spotted Michael removing air conditioners from the basement and followed him to the RiteAid on McGregor Street, where he saw Michael letting the Freon out of the air conditioners.

The neighbor called police, who found the Garcias at a scrap yard on Allard Street. Donna said a couple of the air conditioners were hers and told police she didn't know where Michael got the others. Police said a total of six air conditioners were in Donna's white Cadillac Escalade.

While Donna will appear for arraignment at a later date, Michael was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on the theft charge and on a felony armed robbery charge.

That charge alleges he entered the 99 Cent and Cigarettes store at 383 Kelley St. on Oct. 27 and told the clerk: "Give me money." Court documents show the clerk told police the robber grabbed for the open cash drawer and appeared to have a closed folding knife in one hand. The two struggled and the robber then fled.

The documents show a witness outside the store saw the robber discard a red sweatshirt and followed him until he eventually got into a white Cadillac Escalade being driven by a woman. Police were able to determine the vehicle belonged to Donna Garcia, who, according to court documents, told police that her son had taken the vehicle without her permission. Michael Garcia was charged with the robbery.

Because Michael Garcia was out on bail on the robbery charge when he allegedly committed a new crime, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail and have him held until the charge is resolved. A hearing on the motion was set for this morning.

A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Nov. 21 and trial on the misdemeanor was set for Dec. 10.

Faces felony drug count

Police said when they found a baggie containing a brown substance believed to be heroin in a Goffstown man's pants pocket, Jeremiah Thissell told them it wasn't his. According to documents supporting Thissell's arrest on a possession of narcotics charge, Thissell told officers: "I'm just a middle man."

Police also charged Thissell, 35, of 33 S. Mast Road, with receiving stolen property after a Nook tablet found in his vehicle trunk was determined to have been stolen from the Trade It pawn shop in Fayetteville, N.C.

Court documents show police watching a known drug house on Union Street Friday evening saw Thissell pull up to the house and go inside. After a few minutes, he got back into his vehicle, driving off and making a turn without signaling.

The officers alerted a uniform unit and those officers stopped Thissell at Granite and Canal streets, where, after an investigation, he was arrested on the felony drug charge and the misdemeanor receiving stolen property charge.

At his arraignment Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, Thissell told Judge John Emery that he would have a private attorney. Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier sought $5,000 cash/surety bail, saying Thissell is subject to a 72-hour probation hold on a 2011 reckless conduct plea for which he received a suspended sentence of 3½ to 7 years for "brandishing" a lighted laser-equipped handgun at motorcyclists in Hampton Beach. She said he also has convictions for possession of a controlled drug.

Thissell sought a lower bail, telling the judge: "I have a really good job." He said he is a sales representative and has two young children.

Emery said the charge and Thissell's record justified the $5,000 cash/surety bail. A probable cause hearing on the felony drug charge was set for Nov. 21 and trial on the misdemeanor charge was set for Dec. 10.

Mother charged in assault

Denise Dusseault, 54, of 16 Country Club Drive, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to charges of simple assault, false imprisonment and contempt. Trial was set for Dec. 10.

Dusseault is accused of grabbing her daughter by the shirt during an argument and of standing in front of the door, keeping the younger woman from leaving. The contempt charge stems from her alleged violation of a September bail on another charge.

A police prosecutor sought bail of $2,000 cash/surety, saying Dusseault was convicted of resisting arrest and assault in March. Judge John Emery set bail at the amount requested, with conditions barring Dusseault from contact with her daughter and from going to the daughter's residence.

Habitual offender charge

A Derry man was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of habitual offender and a misdemeanor of second offense of driving while intoxicated.

Police said Richard Barnes, 58, of 3 Tsienneto Road, was intoxicated when he was stopped Monday at Hanover and Pine streets. A license check determined he was judged a habitual offender in April.

A police prosecutor said Barnes was convicted of DWI in 2003 and of second offense DWI in 2004. Bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety with a probable cause hearing on the felony set for Nov. 20 and trial on the misdemeanor set for Dec. 10.

Suspected of smoking crack

While Officers Michael Buckley and Darren Murphy were on foot patrol Monday night in the area of Manchester and Elm streets, they spotted two men who appeared to be smoking from a crack pipe in the alley behind 64 Merrimack St.

When they approached the men, they identified one as Peter Mulrooney, 29, of 286 Concord St. Police said,they found Mulrooney had in his possession a crack pipe with cocaine residue, a small amount of heroin and two suspected suboxone film strips.

Mulrooney was arrested and arraigned Tuesday morning in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on two felony charges of possession of a narcotic drug.

He could enter no plea to the felonies in circuit court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 21. Bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety.

Barred from Manchester Taxi

A Springfield, Mass., man who spends a lot of time in Manchester, was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on unrelated felony robbery and theft by unauthorized taking charges.

Marcus Noguera, 22, of 93 Hancock St., could enter no plea to the felony charges in circuit court, so probable cause hearings were set for Nov. 21.

Nogura is accused of stealing a woman's purse from the waiting room at Manchester Community Health Center, 184 Tarrytown Road, on Oct. 11. Police said Nogura was at the health center with his girlfriend and was seen on surveillance video covering the purse and leaving with it. The owner of the purse said it contained cash, a cellphone, gold and diamond ring, driver's license, debit card and gift cards. She put the total value, including the purse itself, at $1,100.

Nogura was also arrested on a warrant for the June 15 robbery of a Manchester Taxi driver who he allegedly punched after the driver refused to let Nogura, his girlfriend and the girlfriend's sister put scrap metal they had collected in the trunk of the taxi.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with either alleged victim.

Wanted in Franklin Court

John Polo, 36, of 16 Knoll Drive, Center Harbor, pleaded innocent to a theft by deception charge Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division. Polo is accused of entering Walmart on Keller Street, removing merchandise from shelves and then going to the customer service desk to "return" them for cash.

The court clerk also told Polo there were warrants for him from the Circuit Court-Franklin District Division on three theft-related charges.

Trial on the Manchester charge was set for Dec. 10, with a $3,000 cash/surety bail. He is scheduled for a Nov. 18 appearance in Franklin, with bail set at $1,000 cash/surety on the charges there.

Woman faces felony theft charge

A Derry woman on probation for sale of a narcotic was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of theft by deception.

Stephanie Olds, 31, of 16 Windham Depot Road, is accused of taking a discarded receipt she found outside Walmart on Keller Street, going inside and taking matching items from the shelves. Police said she then took the items to the customer service desk and "returned" them for a gift card. The charge is a felony because she was convicted of two theft-related charges in 2010 and 2011.

A police prosecutor said Olds' probation officer put a 72-hour hold on her in connection with the March 2013 conviction for sale of a narcotic.

Bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include barring her from the Walmart store. Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in circuit court, a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 21.

Man says he's "barely" working

John Keeley, 32, of 414 Cedar St., could enter no plea Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of second-degree assault, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 20. Trial was set for Dec. 10 on a simple assault charge stemming from the same incident Monday.

A police prosecutor said Keeley and his girlfriend were in her vehicle when, during an argument, he allegedly climbed over the center console and put his hands around her neck, squeezing until she had difficulty breathing. He also allegedly slapped the left side of her face.

When Judge John Emery, after looking over Keeley's application for a court-appointed lawyer, asked if Keeley was working, Keeley responded: "Barely." Keeley objected to the police prosecutor's bail request for $10,000 cash/surety. He told Judge John Emery that he clears about $250 a week and has children to support and expenses.

Emery set bail at $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim and not going to her residence.

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