HOOKSETT — After a sting operation organized by Rochester and Hooksett police, a Rochester man has been charged with receiving stolen property when he attempted to sell $10,000 in surveying equipment to Eastpoint Lasers, a construction surveying equipment seller in Hooksett, police said.
At approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, police said 34-year-old Matthew Kane of Rochester and a second unidentified man entered Eastpoint with intent to sell the stolen equipment.
The equipment had originally been stolen from a construction site in Rochester.
Hooksett police said they received word of the intended sale in a report from Rochester police.
An official with Eastpoint said Kane claimed he had purchased the equipment from an estate sale, according to reports.
The same official told police that one of the pieces had originally been purchased from Eastpoint, which allowed the company to call the item’s rightful owner and determine that Kane had come upon the items unlawfully.
Kane was taken into custody without incident, while the unidentified man was released without charges. Police also said Kane was in possession of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Kane was charged with receiving stolen property, two counts of possession of narcotics and obstructing government administration for providing a false name to detectives throughout the investigation, police said. Police said they were able to positively identify Kane based upon his tattoos and fingerprints during the booking process.
Kane refused the services of a bail commissioner and was transported to the Merrimack County House of Corrections to await arraignment on Wednesday.
Hooksett Lt. James Bradley said the investigation into the stolen items remains ongoing.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Hooksett Police Department at 603-624-1560.