Police arrest alleged Market Basket wallet thief

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Matthew Siwik – Manchester Police Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Thanks to support from the public, police have arrested a man accused of stealing an elderly veteran’s wallet.

Matthew Siwik, 37, of Goffstown voluntarily went into custody at Manchester Police Department Headquarters on the evening of Sept., 11. According to police, he was quickly recognized after his picture was posted throughout social media and news outlets.

According to the victim, an 85-year-old veteran, the theft occurred just as he was coming out of the Elm Street Market Basket to put groceries in his truck. He told police that he saw a silver Volkswagen slowly driving between the rows of cars and when he turned his back on the car to unlock his own truck, the man jumped out of the car, took his wallet, and sped off.

The wallet contained a bank card, which Siwik allegedly tried to use at the 7-11 on Queen City Avenue and South Main Street. Police report finding the wallet in a trash barrel near the Queen City Avenue location. It was later returned to the victim.

Siwik is charged with alleged theft by unauthorized taking. He is scheduled to appear Hillsborough County Superior Court – North on Sept. 26.

Anyone accused of a crime is innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

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