MANCHESTER, NH – A man was arrested Wednesday morning after plainclothes detectives saw him grab a bag from a truck outside Down the Block convenience store. Manchester Mounted Patrol also assisted in making the arrest, according to the police narrative of the situation, which follows:
Detectives Derek Feather and Angeline Alexakos were patrolling the area of Hanover and Pine streets around 10:30 a.m. on March 7 when they noticed two people acting suspiciously.
The man, later identified as Christopher Shuman, 35, no fixed address, and woman who was not charged, were standing outside of Down the Block Convenience Store, 167 Hanover St., when the women entered the store briefly while Shuman stood outside of the store.
Shuman abruptly walked away from the woman after she exited the store and spoke with him. Shuman continued to look around and even peered into the convenience store window as he approached an unoccupied truck parked on Pine Street.
Police alleged Shuman opened the door of the parked vehicle and removed a “black work bag” from the front seat before jogging away from the area. He and the woman then ran east on Hanover Street before detectives were able to stop them in the area of the First Congressional Church, 508 Union St., with an assist from the Mounted Patrol. Detectives took possession of the stolen bag and placed Shuman into custody without incident.
Shuman was charged with theft by unauthorized taking (felony). Officers located the owner of the work bag and he confirmed it was removed from his vehicle without his consent while he conducted business inside of the convenience store. The female was released from custody without being charged.
Shuman was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on March 22, 2018.