Bad checks, multiple charges for Manchester man

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Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 1.29.30 AMMANCHESTER, NH – James D. Moore, 33, of Mitchell Street, Manchester, faces multiple charges from several NH agencies stemming from alleged bad checks Moore used at a number of businesses for goods and services.

Moore was arrested  Feb. 7, and Feb. 13, 2015 by Concord Police, charged with theft by deception in connection to a Dec. 4, 2014, incident at Carlson’s Motor Sales in Concord; two counts of theft by deception from an incident on Jan. 29, 2015 at the Pure Indulgence Day Spa on South Main Street in Concord; a warrant out of Rockingham County for two counts of theft by deception; and warrants from the Bow Police Department for three counts of criminal liability for the conduct of another, three counts of criminal liability for the conduct of another-theft by deception, and issuing bad checks.

According to a report on Concord Patch, Moore allegedly used bad checks to purchase two spa packages using checks drawn on Bank of America, which were later found to be bad checks.

Moore allegedly told the spa staff he wanted to buy the $335 in services for his fiancée Amanda, adding a 10 percent tip to the purchase. Moore left the store then returned five minutes later and purchased a second package, allegedly for his mom.

Later in the day, a woman named “Amanda Carey” came in and attempted to schedule an appointment for spa services using one of the gift cards purchased by Moore, however it was the gift card Moore allegedly told the employee he’d purchased for his mom.

“(The employee) said this was odd to her because it was unusual for someone to try and schedule an appointment using a gift card prior to the check having been cashed,” according to a court report of the incident.

The red flags caused the spa owner and employee to do some digging and search the customer on social media. They found the person who was in the spa listed as “Derek Moore” on Facebook. They called police.

The Concord police officer assigned the case later learned that a detective was investigating another case involving a James Moore for issuing bad checks cashed at car dealerships around New Hampshire, totaling upwards of $20,000.

Concord Police contacted Manchester Police and discovered Moore had been arrested on Jan. 23 and questioned about passing bad checks.

According to court documents, Moore was also arrested by the Raymond Police Department on Jan. 6 under a false name, “Phillip Hallinan,” and allegedly admitted to police that he was involved in stealing tools from Ace Hardware which he paid for by check.

A report from a Raymond Verizon Wireless store identified two people, Moore and Carey, who entered the store and attempted to steal a Samsung Galaxy tablet. The two allegedly told employees they’d come to purchase three iPads. The clerk assisting them noticed a tablet was missing from her workstation and approached Carey, who reportedly appeared to be hiding something. Carey allegedly handed the tablet back to the clerk saying she intended to show the device to her son who was waiting outside in their vehicle. The two were asked to leave the store and not come back.

Moore was later arrested by Raymond Police for hindering apprehension and processed on two Tilton Police Department warrants.  Carey was arrested by Raymond Police for disobeying an officer and willful concealment, according to a court report.

The affidavit against Moore was filed on Feb. 9. Moore was picked up on Feb. 13.


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