Man nabbed in thefts

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 05, 2017 6:52AM

A Manchester man was arrested on several felony-level charges after attempting to use credit cards stolen from the Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club, police say.

Frank Hampson, 36, was arrested on Main Street on Dec. 28 and held as a possible suspect in the theft of a purse from the Town House on Dec. 23.

According to Police Chief Scott Guinard, a town employee reported that her purse, which had been stored in the office area of the Town House, disappeared while she was away for a moment. Upon reviewing the Town House surveillance footage, police identified an individual walking into the Town House empty handed and leaving less than a minute later with a purse matching the description of the one taken.

“We circulated the video to town employees to see if anyone recognized him,” said Guinard.

Several days later, on Dec. 28, two town employees recognized Hampson as he was walking down Main Street and alerted police. Police watched Hampson attempt to use the ATM at People’s Bank and then confronted him.

Police discovered that Hampson had active warrants for his arrest from three other towns, and took him into custody on those warrants. During a search of Hampson, police found credit cards in his pocket with a different name.

On the same day that he was arrested, Hampson had allegedly gained unauthorized access to the Monadnock Indoor Tennis club, and stole items from the men’s locker room. Police say he ransacked bags and searched coat pockets, ultimately stealing a set of car keys. He unlocked the car in the parking lot, and took two credit cards and a debit card, according to a release sent to club members by the club’s board.

“We located the name on the credit cards as a gentleman out of New Ipswich. Unknown to him, these credit cards were stolen out of his wallet while he was playing tennis,” said Guinard.

According to the board’s e-mail, Hampson allegedly tried to use the cards at a local bank, but was unsuccessful.

In addition to charges from Peterborough, which include felony identity fraud, felony theft by unauthorized taking, felony fraudulent use of a credit card and felony-level receiving of stolen property, Hampson allegedly had active warrants from multiple other police departments.

According to police logs, Hampson had active warrants from Londonderry charging him with theft of a vehicle, from Milford for three counts of theft, criminal tresspassing, and from Amherst for fraudulent use of a credit card.

Hampson refused bail and was transported to Valley Street Jail in Manchester until his arraignment on Dec. 29. Hampson’s parole and probation officer also requested a 72 hour hold on Hampson due to the fact that he was out on probation for multiple theft convictions. At Hampson’s arraignment, he was held on $15,000 cash bail and remains at the Valley Street Jail. His probable cause hearing was scheduled on Wednesday at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey.

The Tennis Club assured members that it will be enhancing security following the incident.