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June 15, 2013

Police: Man stole money from club

Club: Man charged in thefts from Elks lodge

HAVERHILL — A Methuen man has been charged with stealing money from the Haverhill Lodge of Elks while working there as the bar manager.

Michael Thomson, 53, of 224 Pleasant Valley St. was indicted by an Essex Grand Jury last month on four counts of larceny over $250.

According to documents on file in Salem Superior Court, between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, Thomson stole money that belonged to the Elks Lodge. The total amount Thomson is charged with stealing was not listed in court paperwork obtained by The Eagle-Tribune yesterday. Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said the case against Thomson was presented in secret to a grand jury and is not available as public record at this time.

“More information should be available at his (Thomson’s) arraignment,” Kimball-Monahan said.

Haverhill Elks Lodge No. 165 is at 24 Summer St. Lodge officials said all money raised by the lodge goes back to the community through its charitable giving, including to veteran organizations, needy families, a scholarship fund and to support youth athletics.

Lodge officials said Thomson was employed there beginning in 2008 as the bar manager and that he no longer works there.

The Eagle-Tribune contacted Thomson yesterday to ask for comment. Thomson said he hasn’t hired a defense lawyer yet, but was advised by an attorney yesterday not to comment about his case at this time.

“I may have something to say in the future, when either myself or my attorney will comment,” Thomson said.

When contacted by The Eagle-Tribune, Vincent Ravgiala, chairman of the board of directors for the Haverhill Lodge of Elks, said he was advised by the Essex District Attorney’s office not to discuss Thomson’s case. Ravgiala would only say that Thomson was employed as the lodge’s bar manager starting around 2008.

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