Man arrested in connection with theft, arson of water works truck
Jovan Callaghan, 18, of 386 Spruce St., Manchester, was arrested Wednesday and charged with arson and theft in connection with the Sept. 4 theft. Callaghan could enter no plea to the felony arson and theft by unauthorized taking charges at his arraignment Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, so a probable cause hearing was set for Feb. 19. Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring him from Black Acres and from the Manchester Water Works property.
A Memorial High School freshman was arrested in November for the same crime, and he was also accused of causing nearly $200,000 in damage to 14 cars over August and September in a drug-fueled crime spree, according to police.
Robert Conroy, 17, of 50 Cranwell Drive, was arraigned Nov. 15 in district court on 10 counts of felony theft of motor vehicles and five counts of arson. Bail was set at $15,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the vehicle owners, including the commercial owners.
A third Manchester teen, James Carignan, 17, also was arrested on 11 counts of theft and five counts of arson in connection with the 14 stolen thefts.
Police and fire investigators said in November the GPS system in the stolen Water Works truck, one of two trucks found torched Sept. 4 in the west side area known as Black Acres, provided key information that ultimately led to the arrest of Conroy. The GPS track was matched with video surveillance at several locations.
Police said investigators connected 13 other cases to the stolen and torched Water Works vehicle and, ultimately, to Conroy. The commercial vehicles taken were the Water Works truck and trucks from Enterprise Rental and Sanel Auto Parts. The remaining vehicles were privately owned.
Six of the cars were found burned in Manchester, while two others were set on fire in Hooksett and Auburn.