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Martell (COURTESY)

Snack food delivery man charged with thefts on route in Tilton

TILTON – A Penacook man who police say was a driver for “a Frito-Lay-based delivery company in Belmont” has been charged by Tilton police with allegedly stealing products from stores on his delivery route during the past six months.

Robert Martell, 46, was arrested on May 1 and charged with several felony charges of willful concealment and receiving stolen property, according to Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier.

Martell has been arrested and arraigned on the charge, having been released by a Franklin District Court judge on $2,000 personal recognizance bail, Cormier said.

On April 26, Tilton police were called by the manager of the Tilton Dollar Store, who reported "a wholesale food delivery man was stealing other products from the store each time he came to the store to make deliveries," Cormier said.


Tilton detectives began an investigation that included viewing numerous hours of video surveillance footage from stores in the area over the past six months, he said.
Detectives "observed the suspect/delivery man completing numerous thefts on several occasions," Cormier said.

Working out of his Belmont store, Martell would take expired products from the shelves as required by his job, but then he allegedly stole products from the shelves as well, Cormier said.

The thefts occurred "without the store's knowledge, eventually leading the store to have unexplained shortages in inventory without sales transactions to account for the missing products," Cormier said.

"The store video confirmed that (Martel) was in fact doing what the store managers suspected. Further investigation revealed he had been doing this in several other stores in the Tilton area, and possibly more, from the 25 total stores on his route," the chief said.

Cormier said the investigation continues, as there may be more stores involved, Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Tilton police detectives at 286-8207, pressing the number ?3.?

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