Stolen credit card purchase at Plaistow CVS helps police ID violent Seabrook robbery suspectBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
January 22. 2018 8:14PM
SEABROOK — A purchase with a stolen credit card at a Plaistow CVS gave Seabrook police the break they needed in the hunt for a man accused of robbing a woman in a Market Basket parking lot.
According to a police affidavit, 40-year-old Freddy Poisson allegedly used the credit card about a half-hour after stealing a woman’s wallet on Jan. 12 and then struggling with her as he dragged her with his vehicle before fleeing the parking lot.
Poisson, of Haverhill, Mass., is being held on $150,000 cash bail at the Rockingham County jail after his arrest in Massachusetts last week.
He is charged with robbery, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, and simple assault.
Poisson is accused of punching the victim while trying to steal her wallet and driving at a high rate of speed while she was holding on to the vehicle, causing her to be dragged and thrown.
According to the affidavit, several witnesses told police that they saw the victim and Poisson engaged in a verbal and physical altercation as she fought to get her wallet back.
One witness said he saw the victim hold on to the door of his SUV as he sped off, but she was unable to hold on because of the high rate of speed and the force threw her to the ground and across the parking lot into the curbing of the sidewalk. The incident was captured on the store’s video surveillance.
Police were given a description of the robber, but weren’t able to positively identify him until the next day when they learned that the victim’s credit card was used about 30 minutes after the robbery at a CVS in Plaistow. The affidavit said a purchase of $205.95 was made with the card and that a second purchase in the same amount was attempted three minutes later and denied.
Plaistow police quickly gathered surveillance video from CVS and discovered that the man who made the credit card purchase matched the description of the Seabrook robber. The vehicle description was also similar, police said.
Seabrook police posted images from the CVS credit card incident on their Facebook page in an effort to identify him. The photos prompted calls from family members who identified the man as Poisson, police said. He was arrested in Amesbury, Mass.
In addition to the Seabrook charges, Plaistow police Capt. Brett Morgan said his department has a pending misdemeanor charge alleging fraudulent use of a credit card.