Man, 23,  faces theft charges

Police: $7,500  in jewelry stolen

NASHUA — A Wilton man has been charged with the theft of thousand of dollars worth of jewelry from a Nashua residence.

Friday at 8:39 a.m., police arrested Richard Fortin, 23, of Wilton at the Nashua Police Department, charging him with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a class A felony. The charges are related to a theft from a Nashua residence. On June 15, shortly after noon, Nashua Police responded to the residence for a reported jewelry theft. The investigation was furthered by detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division and a warrant was issued for Fortin on July 9.

Lt. Denis Linehan of the Nashua Police Criminal Investigation Unit said in an interview Wednesday that Fortin was a suspect early on in the case.

The victim was a family member of Fortin, said Linehan, and believed Fortin to be responsible for the theft. The most of the jewelry, mainly rings and bracelets, were recovered from a pawn shop, said Linehan. Some of the pieces have yet to be found, he added.

A Class A Felony is punishable by up to 15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, exclusive of fines. Fortin was released on $10,000 personal recognizance, pending his arraignment at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua, on August 20.

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