Robber on wheels: Man on bike caught with jewelry in his pocket from burglary

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MANCHESTER, NH – Two officers were called to the 100 block of Ray Street after the homeowner witnessed a subject in his backyard at 6:40 p.m. on Dec. 8. The officers spoke with the homeowner who chased an unknown man off of his property minutes before. The homeowner’s trail camera captured a still photo of the subject before he sped off on a bicycle toward Pine Street.

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Officer Timothy Whelan noticed the same subject caught on the trail camera riding a bicycle several minutes later in the area of Pine and Harrison streets. They attempted to stop him as he rode southbound in the northbound lane, but the man ignored the officers as he rode away from the two police officers. They briefly activated their siren, but the man again refused to stop for them. They finally stopped him near his Harrison Street residence and confirmed his identity as James Ellner, 46, of Manchester.

Ellner was originally placed into custody for resisting arrest/detention but a search incident to arrest revealed he was in possession of jewelry, which was located inside his pant pockets. A gold cross and a diamond ring were two of the items in his possession. Both items were reported stolen from a Belmont Street address and a North Adams Street burglary earlier in the day. A chisel was also located nearby, so he was additionally charged with falsifying physical evidence.

Ellner was charged with two counts receiving stolen property, falsifying physical evidence, resisting arrest/detention and loitering. Ellner appeared in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on December 11, 2017.