Derry man pleads not guilty to charges of stealing flag box from transfer station
DERRY — A local man has entered a plea of not guilty to stealing a flag collection box from the town transfer station.
Eric Lecuyer, 42, 17L Gamache Road, entered the plea to the misdemeanor theft charge during his arraignment Thursday in 10th Circuit Court.
Lecuyer was arrested at his residence on a warrant for theft earlier this month, according to police.
Police recovered the box at his residence on Dec. 9, police said.
Pinkerton Academy JROTC students installed the box on Nov. 22 in a collaborative effort with the Derry Veterans of Foreign Wars. After a certain amount of time, VFW members would come to collect the flags and properly dispose of them.
The box was stolen from the transfer station on Nov. 29 and police later began an investigation.
The steel box is large, about 4 feet tall and weighs from 150 to 200 pounds, according to officials.
Town officials first checked to make sure town employees, or someone from the school or local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter hadn’t inadvertently removed the box.
Officials then viewed video surveillance of the incident. It was apparent someone had removed the box from the transfer station during the day when the facility was still open, according to officials.
After the police investigation concluded, plans called for the box to be returned to the transfer station, Lt. Col. Howie Steadman, JROTC adviser, said. The group is considering putting some security measures in place when it’s returned.
Lecuyer remains free on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to return to court on April 10 for a trial management conference, a court official said.