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Manchester Crimewatch: City man arraigned on 'theft spree' charges

January 16. 2014 10:53PM

MANCHESTER — James Smith, 35, who is listed as homeless on some criminal complaints, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on multiple theft-related charges, and bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety.

Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said Smith went on “a theft spree” to support a drug habit. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 21, 2013, Smith allegedly stole and pawned a variety of items. He was arraigned on two misdemeanor charges of theft by deception, two of receiving stolen property, four of theft and two of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Court documents show some of the thefts were traced to him with the help of the LeadsOnline electronic reporting system used by the city’s secondhand dealers to report all merchandise they purchase. Transactions include a photo of the seller or their photo identification, along with a photo of the item or items being pawned.

Smith, whose address is listed as 330 Auburn St. on the earliest complaints, is accused of taking a variety of items, including a snow blower, nail gun, backpack leaf blower, cash and credit cards.

Reardon said Merrimack police also had arrest warrants for Smith in connection with incidents in that town. Trial on all the Manchester charges was set for Feb. 20.

Bail revocation hearing

A city man who was out on bail following his arrest Nov. 13 on multiple charges of assault, threatening and mischief, as well as a felony count of second-degree assault, was barred by his bail conditions from any use of alcohol or narcotics, from committing new crimes and from any contact with his alleged victim or going to her residence.

But when a police officer responded Thursday to 216 Silver St., for a domestic disturbance, he reported finding Adam Chapman, 38, in the residence with his alleged victim.

Chapman allegedly struggled with Officer Jon Levasseur, who was trying to handcuff him, and shouted and swore after being told not to do so, attracting the attention of people in the area.

Chapman was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled drug (marijuana) and stalking.

Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon filed a motion to revoke Chapman’s bail, and a hearing was set for Friday morning. Trial on the new charges was set for Feb. 20.

High bail after chase

Bail was set at $25,000 cash/surety Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Tyler Payne, 28, of 48 Arthur Road, Weare.

Hooksett police had sought to arrest Payne on two felony warrants, but he fled into Manchester, driving a Ford F250 truck, with Hooksett cruisers in pursuit.

A Manchester police officer took up the pursuit, with signals activated, as Payne left Interstate 293 at the Amoskeag Rotary and drove at 55 mph on streets where the speed was 30 mph through sections of the North End, driving in the wrong lane, ignoring stop lights and stop signs, and narrowly avoiding accidents.

Police said Payne, who was also sought on Manchester warrants, was finally trapped in traffic at the intersection of Hooksett and Alice roads, just over the Hooksett town line.

Police from both Hooksett and Manchester police surrounded Payne, who had to be removed from the vehicle and still struggled during handcuffing. He was first taken to Hooksett for booking and later returned to Manchester for booking.

No plea could be entered to the felony reckless conduct charge, so a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 30. Trial on the misdemeanor was set for Feb. 19.

Charged with graffiti

Zachary Haselton, 28, of 3 Ascot Court, Bedford, was charged with criminal mischief Thursday morning for allegedly spray painting graffiti in the parking garage at 1155 Elm St.

Officer Dan Wood was patroling when he said he detected a fresh paint odor and located graffiti on the ground level and a pencil painted on a wall that was wet to the touch.

Wood didn’t see anyone in the area, but returned an hour later and says he saw a man identified as Haselton spray painting a pencil image on another wall.

Wood said Haselton tossed the paint can into the back seat of a vehicle parked nearby and tried to flee, but was caught.

Several cans of spray paint were found in a duffle bag in the back seat of the vehicle belonging to Haselton.

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