MANCHESTER, NH – Travis Bruce, 34, of Manchester, was arrested April 1, charged with felony theft and related charges after police determined he was involved in a “theft in progress” reported by a man who called to say he had seen someone rummaging inside his vehicle.
Manchester Police arrived in the area of Trinity Street and Woodland Avenue at 1 a.m. where they saw a pick-up truck parked at the dead-end street. The caller stated his 4Sight dashboard camera was missing from his vehicle.
Officer Ken Brunini spoke with the female passenger inside the parked Dodge pick-up truck. She identified herself as Amy Bruce, 25, of Manchester, who told police she was waiting for her husband, Travis Bruce. She claimed he was outside of the vehicle “looking for his phone,” but offered no other explanation for parking on a dead-end street at 1 a.m.
Officer Kevin O’Meara located a man walking toward them on Woodland Street, south of Hanover Street. Officer O’Meara identified him as Travis Bruce and began asking him questions about why he was parked on a dead-end street in the early morning hours. Bruce claimed he was about to run out of gas, so he stopped to make a phone call in an attempt to find someone to bring him money.
Officers pointed out the 24-hour gas station and a plaza located within a few hundred yards of where he pulled over. The officers called a police dog handler to the scene to conduct a track from Dionne’s previous location to dispel his claim of making a phone call.
Officer Jeff Fierimonte and his police dog partner Bauer arrived and conducted a track from Dionne’s vehicle. The track ended in the same area where Officer Brunini first made contact with Amy Bruce. Bauer located the stolen 4Sight dash camera from the rear of 937 and 945 Hanover Street.
Bruce was arrested and charged with falsifying physical evidence, a felony; theft by unauthorized taking (a felony due to two prior convictions); loitering/prowling; and contempt of court, for violating active bail conditions.