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December 20, 2013

Five caught, arrested at Salem mall

SALEM, N.H. — Police nabbed five suspects who allegedly were in a stolen car at the Mall at Rockingham Park Wednesday evening.

Officer Nick Turner first tried to stop the car, reported stolen in Massachusetts, at 6:22 p.m.

The driver, 19-year-old Elvin Alvarez of Lowell, tried to elude Turner by driving through the mall parking lot, police said. He stopped the car in the lot near Macy’s, then all five suspects got out and fled on foot, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

After a brief chase, police took three of the suspects into custody. A short time later, the other two suspects were found in the parking lot and also arrested.

Witnesses told police the suspects may have been trying to break into vehicles.

Alvarez faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property, reckless operation, reckless conduct, possession of marijuana, transportation of drugs in a motor vehicles, disobeying a police officer and operating without a valid license. He refused bail and was taken to the county jail. He was still in custody late yesterday afternoon.

Chris Martinez-Mendez, 17, also of Lowell, was charged with resisting arrest and released on $1,000 personal recognizance.

One 16-year-old male and two 15-year-olds were taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest, Patten said. They were released into their parents’ custody, pending juvenile petitions to court.

Anyone whose car was broken into is asked to call Turner at (603) 893-1911.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie

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