Rude Awakening: Man wakes to see alleged burglar leaving with his TV, backpack

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Mangok Mashut

MANCHESTER, NH – An alleged burglar was caught in the act while escaping a Brook Street apartment, carrying the victim’s backpack and television as he exited through a window.

Police arrested Mangok Mashut, 24, of Belmont St., who was charged with burglary.

According to a police narrative of the incident on May 2 just about 6 a.m. Officer Cliff Ellston was patrolling the area of Chestnut and Brook streets when he was flagged down by alleged victim Robert Wells, 25 of Manchester. Wells told police he was awakened a short time earlier by a man who had been inside his Brook Street apartment.  

Wells said he heard noises and, when he awoke, he saw a man’s arm reaching into his open first-floor window. He realized the man was also carrying an orange back pack as he was attempting to leave. Wells jumped out of bed and confronted the man, later identified as Mashut, before realizing Mashut was also in possession of Wells’ backpack and his television

Wells woke up his roommate, Adam Curry, 26, and told him what was going on. Wells chased Mashut but was unable to locate him. That’s when he located Officer Ellston, who provided a description of Mashut over police radio. Additional officers arrived in the area to assist in looking for the alleged burglar. 

Mashut  was located and arrested a short time later while in the area of Pine and Brook streets. Officer Matthew McDonald realized Mashut had an active arrest warrant, so he was placed into custody. A search conducted during the arrest process revealed two items allegedly taken from the Brook Street apartment during the burglary. Mashut was subsequently charged with burglary. He appeared in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on May 4.

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