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Manchester Crimewatch: Brothers accused of stealing candy from launderette

December 17. 2013 10:25PM

MANCHESTER — Two brothers, accused of stealing candy from a launderette, were arraigned Tuesday in Manchester District Court on misdemeanor charges of theft by unauthorized taking.

Brett Peterson, 23, and his brother, Brian, 21, both of 210 Amory St., were arrested on warrants charging them with stealing candy worth $3 from the Chez Nous launderette, 84 Putnam St., on Aug. 23.

Brian Peterson was also charged with criminal mischief, for smashing glass panels on the candy machine.

Bail for both was set at $1,000 personal recognizance, with conditions barring them from the launderette and from contact with the building owner.

Trial was set for Jan. 16, 2014.

Man pleads innocent to disorderly conduct

Brian M. Dow, 38, whose address is listed as the homeless shelter at 199 Manchester St., pleaded innocent to a disorderly conduct charge Tuesday morning in Manchester District Court.

A police prosecutor said Dow was intoxicated and passed out in the dining room at New Horizons and when he was roused, became disorderly and would not quiet down.

Bail was set at $500 cash/surety, with a requirement that Dow complete the Manchester Police Department booking process before his release. Trial was set for Jan. 16, 2014.

Bad sleeping location

Police Officer Casey Seigle was on routine patrol just after midnight Monday when he noticed a truck parked on Pine Street, near Lowell Street. The car was running, but appeared to be unoccupied, so Seigle investigated.

He found the driver reclined in his seat, sleeping. Seigle woke James Haley, 31, of 885 Laconia Road, Tilton. While speaking with Haley, Seigle reported he detected an odor of marijuana coming from the truck.

The officer said about 4.2 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe were found inside the truck. Haley was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug.

Unlocked door invites burglary of apartments

Police are investigating burglaries in neighboring apartments on Mechanic Street Monday night. Police responded at about 9:45 p.m. to 90 Mechanic St., where a woman said she had been awakened by a knock on the rear door. A short time later, she said, she heard noises in the kitchen and found a man standing there. She could describe him only as tall, with a hat.

Police said the man apparently broke a window on the rear door to gain entry. While police were investigating that burglary, they found the rear door ajar at a neighboring apartment, at 78 Mechanic St.

The resident of that apartment arrived home a short time later and told police a silver MacBook was missing. The burglar had gained entry through the unlocked rear door.

Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to contact Manchester Police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at

Thieves target Rite Aid

Police responded Monday at about 7 p.m. to the Rite Aid at 1631 Elm St. for a report of a theft of a stereo sound bar system valued at $60. The store manager described the thief as a black male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and blue jeans. He left the area in a white Chevy Lumina with a partial plate number of 342. The driver was a white male and there was a white female passenger with red hair.

The store manager told police a thief with a similar description stole electronics from the store Dec. 8 and said there have been similar thefts at other Rite Aid stores in Manchester and surrounding communities.

Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call Manchester Police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline by calling 624-4040 or online at

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