Manchester CrimeWatch: Man charged with Home Depot theft, punching employee
MANCHESTER — Robert Moreau, 40, of 319 Sewall St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to felony charges of robbery and falsifying evidence.
Moreau is accused of taking a DeWalt battery from Home Depot, 129 March Ave., without paying for it and punching a loss prevention officer who tried to stop him. He’s also accused of putting the battery under the seat of his vehicle as he was being pulled over.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $7,500 cash/surety bail for Moreau, saying he is subject to a 72-hour probation hold. She said he was convicted in Manchester in July 2013 for disobeying a police officer and breach of bail, and in May and June 2013 in other jurisdictions on theft charges.
Moreau asked Judge William Lyons for personal recognizance bail. “I have a drug problem,” said Moreau, who told the judge he is trying to get into a treatment program. He asked the judge to reduce the bail to $5,000 if he couldn’t have personal recognizance.
Lyons told Moreau he was going to set the bail at $7,500 cash/surety. But if the hold is lifted, Lyons said, when Moreau comes back to court for his probable cause hearing June 12, if he’s been accepted into a residential program, arrangements can be made for a seamless transition.
Pleads no contest
A Pittsfield woman, accused of stalking her husband and contempt of court, and violating bail conditions on a theft charge, pleaded no contest Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to the stalking and contempt charges.
The negotiated plea calls for Veronica Paris, 29, to be on supervised probation for a year and to undergo both a domestic violence evaluation and a drug and alcohol evaluation, and to follow all recommendations, with reports made to the court. She is sentenced to 12 months on the stalking conviction and six months on the contempt conviction, all suspended for two years of good behavior and to be served concurrently, if imposed.
She is scheduled to return to Circuit Court June 26 for a change of plea on the theft charge.
Accused of two thefts
A Derry woman, in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Thursday on two theft charges, asked the judge for personal recognizance bail, saying “I have a 3-year-old.”
Amanda Matranga, 24, of 11 Linwood Ave., was in court for arraignment on charges of taking $137 worth of items from the 5-Below store at 777 S. Willow St., and items valued at $30 from Family Dollar, 329 Lincoln St.
A bail commissioner had set $500 cash/surety for Matranga and a police prosecutor asked to have that bail maintained, saying she has prior theft and drug convictions and has a 12-month suspended sentence on a recent conviction.
Judge Lyons refused to change the $500 cash/surety bail, reminding Matranga that she had breached bail within the past three months.
Trial was set for July 8.
Subject to 72-hour hold
At his arraignment Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, Adam Lloyd asked Judge Lyons for personal recognizance bail, saying “I just got a new job.” Lloyd said he needs to work to support his son.
But Lloyd, 30, of 261 Candia Road, who pleaded innocent to a criminal mischief charge, is subject to a 72-hour probation/parole hold. Police prosecutor Pelletier said that is presumably related to a 2010 sentence on burglary and receiving stolen property convictions. She said he has several other convictions, including a 2008 conviction for credit card fraud.
She requested $1,000 cash/surety bail on the mischief charge, which alleges during an argument with an ex-girlfriend, he kicked a hole in a bedroom door.
The judge set bail at $1,000 cash/surety and trial was set for July 8.
Bail set on old, new charges
Lindsay Mello, 22, who is homeless, Thursday told a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge that she failed to appear for arraignment on charges of driving after suspension and unsafe lane change April 21 because she was in the hospital. She had not notified the court and an electronic bench warrant was issued for her arrest, with $1,000 cash bail.
She was arrested Wednesday on new charges of simple assault and willful concealment in connection with an incident at N & N Express, 230 Lowell St., where she struck a woman who attempted to stop her from stealing items. She was also charged with contempt of court, because she was out on bail on the motor vehicle charges.
Mello pleaded innocent to all charges Thursday in Circuit Court and Judge Lyons set a total bail of $3,000 cash/surety. Trial on all charges was set for July 9.