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August 16, 2011

Two men arrested at Plaistow pawn shop

PLAISTOW — Two men were arrested at the Rockingham Trading Post Sunday for their alleged involvement in multiple thefts.

Luke Hansen, 30, of Raymond was arraigned yesterday on charges of theft by deception, receiving stolen property and unsworn falsification. Michael Masterson, 22, of Epping was arraigned on a single charge of receiving stolen property.

On July 6, North Hampton police had a report of an Xbox, video games and a laptop being stolen from a home where Hansen was staying.

"The victim told police he has seen his items at the Rockingham Trading Post pawn shop in Plaistow," Baldwin said. "North Hampton contacted us and we recovered the items stolen from that residence, other than the laptop."

Hansen was an acquaintance of the victim and had been staying at the home because he was homeless.

"He was a friend of theirs and they felt bad for him," Baldwin said. "Then he robbed them."

The items recovered were worth about $557. Police connected the sale to Hansen through his pawn slip.

"There was a warrant out for Hansen's arrest," Baldwin said. "On Aug. 14, we got a (be on the lookout for) regarding Hansen out of Raymond. That's where Mr. Masterson came in. Both were in a vehicle together and had stolen other items in a separate, unrelated crime."

The two were arrested inside the Rockingham Trading Post and immediately taken into custody. Raymond police may be charging Hansen and Masterson with more thefts, based on the items in their car at the time of their arrests.

Police have a suspicion as to the motivation behind the crimes, according to Baldwin.

"Luke Hansen says he's homeless and lives in a tent in Raymond, but obviously he's finding ways to support himself and it's not through employment," he said. "It's possibly a drug issue, but we're still confirming that."

Hansen is still in custody and Masterson was released on personal recognizance.

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