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September 25, 2013

Methuen men face theft charges in Salem

SALEM — Two Methuen men were allegedly trying to pawn a stolen Nintendo DS yesterday evening when Salem police caught up with them.

Joshua Turmel, 19, faces charges of receiving stolen property and possession of property without a serial number.

Patrick Hardy, 17, is charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled drug. Police did not identify the drug Hardy has in his possession,

Earlier in the day, a Meisner Road resident reported a vehicle parked overnight in the driveway had been broken into and a Nintendo DS stolen from it, police said. Before calling police, the victim had called local pawnshops to alert them to the theft, Sgt. Thomas Kench said.

At about 5:45 p.m., police were notified two men were at GameStop in the Mall at Rockingham Park, trying to pawn the game system that had been reported stolen earlier.

Police responded and, during the course of their investigation, discovered stolen iPods, GPS units, electronics and collectible coins, Kench said.

The items were reportedly stolen from vehicles on Meisner Road, Henderson Circle, Royal Circle and Dunbar Terrace in Salem, as well as from vehicles in Manchester, he said.

Police are asking residents in those areas to contact Officer Ryan Sambataro if they discover items have been stolen from their vehicles.

Late last night, Turmel and Hardy were both being held on $25,000 cash bail, pending their arraignment on the charges.

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