Man accused of selling stolen limited-edition Stephen King novels
MANCHESTER — Police say Lance Homer, 33, sells limited-edition Stephen King novels that belong to other people.
A man who bought three of the books at a city residence told police he had no reason to doubt they belonged to Homer, that he’d bought King novels from Homer before.
Homer was in 9th Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Monday, accused of selling three valuable limited-edition Stephen King novels stolen at a Knowlton Street residence.
Homer was arraigned on a felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking and a misdemeanor of theft by deception.
Homer, who is currently homeless, is accused of selling a signed limited-edition of King’s “Skeleton Crew” and a two-volume set of “Talisman” that belonged to someone else to a secondhand book dealer May 15.
Court documents show Homer was staying at the Knowlton Street residence when he sold the books to a representative of Golden Opportunities, 148 Main St., Wilton.
The collectibles and antiques business representative told police that he had previously purchased valuable King books from Homer, who said he had been given them by his grandmother. The representative said he assumed the same was true of the books he purchased from Homer in Manchester for $400.
According to the documents, research showed the King books were valued at betweeen $1,300 and $1,750.
The earlier King novels Homer sold to the Golden Opportunities representative are believed to have been taken in a Concord burglary, according to the documents.
Homer was transported to the Amherst Street Courthouse from the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, where he is being held on June 2 charges: a felony of attempted burglary and violations of criminal trespass and loitering/prowling.
At his arraignment Aug. 18 in 6th Circuit Court-Concord District Division, bail was set at $10,000 cash-only and $4,000 personal recognizance.
Manchester police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Homer has a criminal record dating back to 1999 that includes possession of controlled drugs, felonious sexual assault, bail jumping, assault, violation of a protective order, stalking and duty to report.
Homer’s most recent convictions are for loitering/prowling March 5 in Hillsborough County Superior Court North and for theft by unauthorized taking Nov. 12, 2014, in Merrimack County Superior Court, which carries a sentence suspended for two years of good behavior.
When Judge William Lyons asked if Homer wanted to say anything about Pelletier’s request for $3,500 cash/surety bail on the Manchester charges, Homer said it didn’t matter. “I have a high bail there,” he said, referring to the Concord charges.
No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set July 1 in Manchester, when a judge will hear evidence and decide whether to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.
Trial on the Manchester misdemeanor was set for July 15.
The probable cause hearing in Concord District Division is July 2, when there will be a trial management conference regarding the violations.