MANCHESTER, NH – Two men were charged with prowling – and the driver faces drug charges – after a police officer questioned them for being parked behind a Lincoln Street business in the early morning hours.
At 1 a.m. Officer Ken Brunini was on patrol when he observed a vehicle parked behind Color-Tyme, located at 338 Lincoln St., on Aug. 31. Two men were seated in the vehicle, which was parked and running, so Officer Brunini pulled up to the vehicle to find out why they were parked behind the closed business.
The two men exited the vehicle, but the passenger remained near his door as the driver walked toward the rear of the car. The person seated in the driver’s seat dropped an unknown object near the rear tire before responding to the officer, who asked to speak with him.
The man seated in the driver’s seat was identified as Travis Pelkey, 24, of Loudon. Officer Brunini picked up the item Pelkey had dropped near the back tire and discovered it was a keychain containing almost a finger of heroin. He seized 9.5 grams of heroin from the hollow key chain as he walked past the vehicle and noticed an empty hypodermic needle and what he identified as three bundles of crack cocaine on the driver’s seat.
Pelkey was charged with possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute (heroin); possession of controlled drug (crack cocaine); falsifying physical evidence; and prowling. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 31, 2017.
The passenger, later identified as Shaun Robinson, 28, of Manchester, began arguing with the officer and stated he had no reason to stop the two men. Officer Brunini explained the law pertaining to prowling and afforded him an opportunity to provide a legitimate reason to be parked behind a closed business at 1 a.m. Robinson refused and was arrested without incident.
Robinson was charged with loitering/prowling (violation) and was placed on a hold for probation/parole and charged with an outstanding Hillsborough County Superior Court warrant.
Robinson is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on September 28, 2017.