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Police: Manchester man clutching stolen iPad denies he took it

August 10. 2015 2:00PM

MANCHESTER — Roger Gingras, 51, was sitting in his parked car in front of his Pine Street residence, waiting for his daughter, last Friday afternoon when a man allegedly opened the passenger door and snatched his iPhone and iPad.

Gingras flagged down Officer Kevin Bernard at Union and Green streets, and told him what happened.

Gingras said he was waiting for his daughter to arrive home when a black man grabbed the electronic devices and ran toward Sheridan-Emmett Park.

Police said Kyle Gilpatric, 18, of Manchester, told Bernard he'd seen a black man sprinting through the park, clutching an iPad.

He said the man had cut through the park heading east toward Grove Street.

Bernard located the man, identified as Ahmed Abukar, 19, of Manchester, allegedly holding the iPad and hiding in bushes in front of 17 4 Grove St.

Police said they found the iPhone on the ground, out of sight, in the bushes.

Abukar denied taking the items.

Gingras arrived shortly after and retrieved his property, worth more than $1,000.

Abukar was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, a felony, and released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail pending a Sept. 11 arraignment in 9th Circuit-District Division-Manchester.

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