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January 06. 2014 7:45PM

Homeless men charged with stealing frozen turkeys from Manchester church


MARK YPHANTIS 


ERIC TYLER 

Two people with lengthy criminal records were arrested Friday and charged with the Thanksgiving-time burglary of 11 frozen turkeys and other food from the Blessed Sacrament Church food pantry, police said.
 
Police said they arrested Eric Tyler, 43, and Mark Yphantis, 53, of Manchester, on one count of burglary apiece.
 
Police spokesman Lt. Maureen Tessier said police received tips from homeless people who were upset that the food pantry had been burglarized.
 
“They recognized the church was a good resource for them,” Tessier said.
 
Tessier said Tyler gave an address of the New Horizons homeless shelter. Yphantis gave police a Dover Street address, but they believe he is homeless.
 
The two appeared in Manchester District Court Monday. Tyler said he was to start a job Monday and asked for personal recognizance bail.
 
“I have a girl at home,” he said.
 
In October, Tyler was convicted of theft; most of a one-year sentence was suspended on the condition he stay out of trouble.
 
Yphantis told a judge he was homeless at the time of the crime, but not now. Yphantis was also convicted of theft last year.
 
The burglary was discovered Nov. 25, three days before Thanksgiving. Someone had pushed in an air-conditioning unit and taken the turkeys, 100 cans of tuna, 200 jars of peanut butter, frozen meats, candies and cookies.
 
Pantry workers had suspected homeless people who were camping nearby, and police quickly developed leads in the case, Tessier said.
 
She said the food has not been recovered.
 
Within days of the burglary, donations poured in to the pantry.
 
“Our people were saddened, outraged and very generous,” said the Rev. John Bucchino, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church.
 
He said many homeless people make use of the pantry and other church programs designed to help the poor. He did not recognize the names of Tyler and Yphantis.
 
In court on Monday, police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Tyler has a criminal record dating back to 1993. Yphantis’ goes back to 1980.
 
Their bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety, and they are scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Jan. 21.
 
Staff Reporter Dale Vincent contributed to this article.
mhayward@unionleader.com

Police said they arrested Eric Tyler, 43, and Mark Yphantis, 53, of Manchester, on one count of burglary apiece. Police spokesman Lt. Maureen Tessier said police received tips from homeless people, who were upset that the food pantry had been burglarized.

"They recognized the church was a good resource for them," Tessier said.

The burglary was discovered Nov. 25, three days before Thanksgiving. Someone had pushed in an air-conditioning unit and taken the turkeys, 100 cans of tuna, 200 jars of peanut butter, frozen meats, candies and cookies.

Pantry workers had suspected homeless people who were camping nearby, and police quickly developed leads in the case, Tessier said. She said the food has not been recovered; however, within days of the burglary enough donations had poured in to allow the replacement of the stolen food.
At the men's arraignments Monday in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $20,000 cash/surety bail for both. She said both have criminal records, with Tyler's dating back to 1993 and Yphantis' back to 1980.
She said Tyler is under the umbrella of an October 2013 theft sentence of 360 days, with 331 suspended. Yphantis also has a 2013 theft conviction.
Judge William Lyons set bail for both men at $10,000 cash/surety, with bail conditions that include no contact with one another. Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in circuit court, probable cause hearings were set for Jan. 21.


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