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Bomb unit searches truck

Stolen rental truck raises suspicions for law enforcement

  • A state police bomb squad truck and several  police cruisers parked outside Gary's Harvest restaurant in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Police confirmed Tuesday that two people were arrested outside Gary's Harvester Market, in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Police confirmed Tuesday that two people were arrested outside Gary's Harvester Market, in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Police confirmed Tuesday that two people were arrested outside Gary's Harvester Market, in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Police confirmed Tuesday that two people were arrested outside Gary's Harvester Market, in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Police confirmed Tuesday that two people were arrested outside Gary's Harvester Market, in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Both the Wilton Police Department and N.H. State Police responded to Gary's Harvester Market on Tuesday, after a Texas rental company notified Wilton police that one of their stolen rental box trucks was located there, after tracking it via GPS.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • A state police bomb squad truck and several  police cruisers parked outside Gary's Harvest restaurant in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • A state police bomb squad truck and several  police cruisers parked outside Gary's Harvest restaurant in relation to a truck stolen in Texas.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

WILTON — The State Police Explosives Disposal Unit responded to the parking lot of Gary’s Harvest Restaurant in Wilton to deal with a suspicious vehicle reported stolen in Texas.

Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen said in an interview at the restaurant Tuesday that police had two people in custody in connection with the stolen vehicle, a 26-foot Ryder rental truck. In a press release issued by the Wilton Police Department on Wednesday, the suspects were identified as Elijah Dorsey, 33, and Henrietta Holt, 33, both of Tyler, Texas. Police charged the two with receiving stolen property, a class A felony charge.

Tuesday afternoon, Alex Teiger, a line cook at Gary’s Harvest Restaurant, said that that morning he saw the couple pull up in the Ryder’s rental truck, before they entered the restaurant to order breakfast. They came in at about 10:30 a.m., and stayed for about half an hour, before paying their bill and leaving.

“They were perfectly pleasant. They ate their breakfast and left, and I didn’t think anything else of it,” said waitress Sue Putnam on Tuesday at the restaurant. “The next thing I knew a customer said, ‘Oh my god there are cops out there with their guns drawn.’”

In an interview Wednesday, Hautanen said that at about 11 a.m. that morning, police received a call from a Ryder rental company located in Texas, notifying them that one of their vehicles was located at a business on Route 101. The owner had been able to track the location of the vehicle through a GPS tracker that was located on the truck.

Hautanen said the couple had reportedly rented the vehicle from the Texas company in March, but had never returned the vehicle, which the company then reported as stolen.

Within five minutes of receiving the call, police dispatched to Gary’s Harvest Restaurant and located the truck, which was unoccupied at the time. Wilton police approached the truck and arrested both Dorsey and Holt, who had just exited the restaurant.

Having encountered what the press release refers to as some suspicious circumstances, police contacted state police for assistance. State troopers arrived on the scene at about 11:30 a.m.

Hautanen said he could not comment at this time on the circumstances that led police to call in the extra assistance. At about 12:15 p.m., police notified Gary’s Harvest Restaurant employees to vacate the business, as well as the apartment located above the eatery. The restaurant was closed for the remainder of the day.

The State Police Explosives Disposal Unit was dispatched and arrived on scene between 1 and 2 p.m. with specialized equipment to open the locked cargo compartment of the truck. The squad later confirmed that the truck did not contain anything dangerous to the community, and police were given leave to search its contents, Hautanen said.

The truck contained mostly clothing and miscellaneous tools, Hautanen said.

When asked, Hautanen said the recent bombing in Boston during the Boston Marathon had probably led to the increased vigilance and precaution in this case.

“I think every law enforcement agency is being more vigilant right now because of what happened,” he said. “My thought process was that I wanted to use caution when dealing with this situation and make sure the public remained safe.”

Police do not expect further charges or arrests in this case at this time, Hautanen said.

Dorsey and Holt were held on $10,000 cash bail until their arraignment Wednesday at the 9th Circuit Court in Milford. During the arraignment, the $10,000 cash bail was upheld, and the two were transported back to Valley Street Jail in Manchester, Hautanen said. The two are scheduled to appear in court again for a probable cause hearing on April 30.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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