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Police track down man after trail camera captures photo

December 11. 2017 11:29PM

MANCHESTER — A Manchester man arrested after a brief police chase is facing charges related to two burglaries.

A homeowner in the 100 block of Ray Street told police he saw a man in his backyard at 6:40 p.m. Friday and chased him off his property. The homeowner’s trail camera captured a photo of the man before he sped off on a bicycle toward Pine Street.

Several minutes later, officer Timothy Whelan said he saw a man whose appearance matched the photo riding a bicycle in the area of Pine Street and Harrison Street. Police attempted to stop the bicyclist, but he ignored them, even after they activated their siren.

The officers stopped the bicyclist near Harrison Street and identified him as James Ellner, 46.

Ellner was originally placed into custody for resisting arrest/detention, but a search revealed he had jewelry in his pant pockets, including a gold cross and diamond ring.

Police said the two items were reported stolen from a Belmont Street address and a North Adams Street residence earlier in the day.

Ellner was charged with two counts receiving stolen property, falsifying physical evidence, resisting arrest/detention and loitering.

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