[Hpn] Cross Roads Homeless Shelter Resident Arrested

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Fri, 17 Jun 2005 03:43:09 -0400


June 16, 2005

Cross Roads resident arrested

By Elizabeth Dinan

edinan@seacoastonline.com

Portsmouth and Lee police teamed up Tuesday evening to arrest a 27-year-old
resident of the Cross Roads House homeless shelter on theft, fraud, identity
theft and forgery charges.

At 8:37 p.m., local police were asked to assist with the arrest of Michael
Gagnon, 27, whose last known address is 46 Calef Road, Lee, an address known
to be college housing.

Lee Police Chief Chester Murch said Gagnon, a former University of New
Hampshire student, was on parole for prior thefts, when he issued the five
different warrants, for five different thefts, with as many different
victims. Two of Gagnon’s victims were former girlfriends and the others were
friends, roommates or other acquaintances of his, said Murch.

Gagnon was charged with five counts of felony forgery, three counts of theft
by unauthorized taking, one count of lost or mislaid property and identity
fraud.

Murch said that, in one instance, Gagnon is accused of stealing a checkbook
belonging to his former girlfriend’s mother and attempting to pay the $650
rent on his Lee housing by forging her name on the check made out to his
landlord.

In another instance, said the Lee chief, Gagnon claimed to have found a
check belonging to the father of one of his roommates and used the
identifying numbers from the checking account to pay an MCI bill and
purchase a Dell computer and printer.

Another charge stems from allegations that Gagnon stole a purse belonging to
a roommate’s girlfriend, then tookthe cash from her wallet and hid the
evidence.

"Every case we have comes from an acquaintance," said Murch.

Gagnon’s current probation on prior theft convictions mandates he be held
for at least 72 hours at the Strafford County House of Corrections, said
Murch. He’s being held on $10,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in
Durham District Court on June 23 for a probable-cause hearing.




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