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October 15, 2012

Man indicted in Salem theft, endangerment case

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A Nashua man has been indicted after Salem, N.H., police found him riding in a car with two young children — an open beer can and a syringe of heroin on the seat next to them.

Also, he allegedly stole seven cans of baby formula from a local store, Target at 205 S. Broadway in Salem.

Francis Sarson, 49, of 67 Palm St., Unit 23, now faces five charges and many years in prison if convicted. He was recently indicted by a grand jury in Rockingham Superior Court in connection with the Fourth of July incident.

The parents of the two girls — 18 months and 3 years old — also face charges. It all began when police received a report of shoplifting at Target and were told a blue Honda with two children had just left the parking lot.

When officers tracked down the car in the nearby Kmart parking lot, they were surprised at what they saw. The two children were not secured in their car seats, and there was a loaded syringe and an open 24-ounce can of Natty Daddy beer.

Sarson was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child as were the girls’ parents, Jose Ramos and Ashley Baga of Nashua. Each misdemeanor count is punishable by up to a year in the county jail.

Sarson was also charged with theft, attempted theft and willful concealment. The two theft charges are Class B felonies each punishable by three and a half to seven years in prison. Willful concealment is a misdemeanor.

Sarson went into Target with a diaper bag and loaded it baby formula, according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

While Baga acted as a lookout. Ramos left the store with the bag full of formula, valued at $100, Patten said.

Ramos was also arrested on theft and driving after revocation charges. Baga was charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another and a felony drug charge. Police said they found a screw-top container attached to Baga’s keychain that had an assortment of pills.

After the three adults were arrested, police dispatchers cleaned up the little girls and fed them, Patten said. Officials from the state Division for Children, Youth and Families were contacted, he said.

It wasn’t the first time Sarson faced theft charges.

He was convicted of theft in Circuit Court in Nashua on March 7 and in Claremont District Court in July 2002.

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