MANCHESTER — Two men accused of stealing property belonging to customers of Gold’s Gym, 89 Dow St., were arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Doneil Sackey, 31, of 4 Bethel Court, could not enter a plea in circuit court to a felony charge of falsifying evidence, which alleges he discarded a coat after leaving Gold’s Gym in an effort to avoid being recognized as one of the people stealing items from the gym’s locker room.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft by unauthorized taking, for allegedly removing a TD Bank card and ID card belonging to a gym customer, and to loitering/prowling, for being in the area of Fir Street and North Hampshire Lane, with no reason to be there.
A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Sackey, who is out on bail on a felony charge that was bound over to a Hillsborough County North grand jury. Sackey asked Judge William Lyons for personal recognizance bail, but Lyons, noting Sackey was out on bail when he allegedly committed new crimes, said: “No.”
A probable cause hearing was set for Feb. 6 on the new felony, and trial on the misdemeanor and violation was set for March 7.
Douglas Pretti, 29, of 434 Amherst St., pleaded not guilty to charges of theft by unauthorized taking, for allegedly removing a wallet from a man’s backpack at Gold’s Gym, and resisting arrest, for running from police. Pretti had failed to appear in Circuit Court on Tuesday on a charge of operating after suspension for driving while intoxicated, so all his charges were set for trial March 7.
Pretti, who was given a suspended one- to three-year sentence on a theft conviction in July 2013, is subject to a 72-hour probation hold. Despite his failure to appear in court Tuesday and being on probation, he tried to persuade the judge to set personal recognizance bail for him, saying he is losing his apartment, has an infant and needs to get his affairs in order. Lyons set bail at the $1,000 requested by the police prosecutor.
Three assault charges
Bail remained at $1,000 personal recognizance on Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Ryan Gallant, 27, of 60 Walnut St., who pleaded not guilty to three simple assault charges.
Gallant is accused of pushing his girlfriend out of bed, causing her to fall to the floor; throwing a glass at her; and hitting her and pushing her into a rocking chair.
Bail conditions bar Gallant from contact with his girlfriend and from her residence. Trial was set for March 17.
Says felonies new to him
Charles Morgan, 42, of 410 Bedford St., protested Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division that felony assault charges weren’t mentioned during a meeting at the police department earlier in the morning.
Morgan, who was arrested on warrants, is charged with misdemeanors of criminal threatening and simple assault and felony charges of second-degree assault and attempted second-degree assault, resulting from an ongoing argument with a Morgan Storage employee.
Morgan is accused of telling the man to get back into a room or he would beat him and of assaulting the man, during which he fell on top of the man, resulting in a rib fracture.
The felonies allege he tried to spray the man with an aerosol bug spray and that he swung a claw hammer and a crowbar at the man’s head, although he missed hitting the man.
Morgan said: “Fifty percent of what I just heard isn’t true. ... I’m not a violent person.”
A police prosecutor, who said Morgan’s criminal record consists of a conviction for driving while intoxicated, requested a $10,000 cash/surety bail, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring Morgan from Morgan Storage.
Judge William Lyons set bail at a total of $6,000 cash/surety, with $5,000 on the felonies and $1,000 on the misdemeanors.
Stolen checks worth $30k
Joshua Caswell, 22, of 232 Central St., could not enter a plea Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of receiving stolen property.
Police said Caswell had in his possession, at Manchester and Beech streets Tuesday night, four books of checks belonging to another person that he knew, or should have known, were stolen. Police said each check had a value of $250, for a total value of $30,000.
A police prosecutor requested, and Judge William Lyons set, bail at $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions that bar contact with the owner of the checks and bar Caswell from the check owner’s residence.
A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Feb. 6.