2 charged with theft after officer follows pair to pawn shop, recovers stolen vehicle

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MANCHESTER, NH – Quick and thoughtful police work resulted in two arrests after Officer Sarah Thibault  recovered a stolen vehicle around 2:50 p.m. on Feb. 12 while following up on a theft call from Home Depot.


The loss prevention officer contacted police at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday after he witnessed one of the two men exit the store with stolen merchandise. The man allegedly failed to pay for $800-worth of cordless tools before fleeing in a Toyota Camry, which was operated by another man.

Officer Thibault noticed the same Camry parked outside of Good Still Pawn Shop, located at 270 Amory Street around 2:50 p.m.  She watched two men exit the pawn shop before entering the 2005 Toyota which was reported stolen from Catholic Medical Center parking garage earlier in the day.


Officer Thibault identified and later arrested the two: Kurt Maclean, 36, no fixed address, and his passenger, Steven Howard, 32, of Manchester, after she determined they had pawned a DeWalt cordless drill and a cordless framing gun, both items reported stolen from the Home Depot.

Officer Thibault placed both men into custody.

Maclean was charged with receiving stolen property, theft by deception, criminal liability to theft by unauthorized taking, driving after suspension/revocation plus three warrants out of the 6th Circuit Court-Hooksett.

Howard was charged with theft by unauthorized taking, receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

Both men were scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on February 13, 2019. The stolen motor vehicle was towed from the scene after the owner was notified.