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Three convicted after lengthy investigations

Burglary, fraud, theft cases solved

PETERBOROUGH — Three cases involving crimes committed in 2011 and 2012 were resolved recently in Hillsborough County Superior Court, with convictions in all three instances, according to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard.

On Aug. 17, 2012, a woman arriving at her home on Old Street Road in the afternoon saw a man coming out of the house. She provided a description of the man and his vehicle, including a license plate number, Guinard said, and a few days later an off-duty Bradford officer noticed the vehicle in Henniker. Christopher Ferraro, 27, of Concord was arrested and charged with burglary.

Last month, Ferraro was convicted and sentenced to three to seven years in N.H. State prison. He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the victim, to cover the deductible on her insurance claim on jewelry that was stolen.

In a second case, Jaime Zielinski, 30, of Peterborough was convicted of identity fraud, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of a controlled drug. Guinard said an investigation began in 2011 after a wallet was stolen in Nashua and the victim’s credit cards used in Nashua, Amherst and Peterborough. He said police discovered Zielinski had been using many stolen credit cards.

“At one point, we had 10 investigations going at once,” he said.

Zielinski was sentenced on the identity fraud charge to one to three years in the N.H. State Women’s Prison. On the fraudulent use of credit card charges, she was sentenced to one year in the Hillsborough County House of Corrections, to be served concurrently with the other sentence. On the drug possession charge, she was given a suspended sentence of one and a half to three years in jail, with the period of suspension to start when she is released from jail.

Guinard said the investigation of Zielinski’s activities took hundreds of man hours, and he thanked the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office, Amherst, Nashua and Merrimack police, Walmart’s loss prevention team, People’s United Bank’s fraud investigation team, the Big Apple convenience store and Monadnock Community Hospital’s security department for assistance.

Garrett Lobacki, 27, of Hancock was convicted on two felony theft charges. Guinard said Lobacki, who lived in an apartment attached to a home on Old Dublin Road, stole multiple items from the home, including a snowplow, metal items that he sold and diesel fuel, between July and November in 2011.

Lobacki was sentenced to two to six years in prison, with the sentence suspended for five years on the condition that he repay $8,000, complete a drug and alcohol treatment program and remain on good behavior. Guinard said an additional felony charge that is pending will not be brought forward if Lobacki complies with the conditions of the sentence.

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