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

January 16, 2014

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.


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