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Manchester Police arrest two in connection to food pantry burglary

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In a statement released Monday, Manchester Police reported that two men who allegedly broke into a church food pantry late last year have been arrested in connection to the incident.

Police said Eric Tyler, 43 and Mark Yphantis, 53, have each been charged with one count of Burglary.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on November 25, 2013, Manchester police officers responded to the Blessed Sacrament Church, at 14 Elm Street for a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, Officer John Levasseur met with a worker who reported that the food pantry, located at the rear of the church had been burglarized.

The worker told police that at about 9:00 a.m. he found an AC Unit pushed in, allowing access to the pantry. A number of items were missing from the pantry, including 11 turkeys, 100 cans of tuna, 200 jars of peanut butter, frozen meat from two freezers and assorted candy and cookies. Church workers suspected that some homeless individuals camping near the church might be responsible for the burglary, resulting in police quickly developing leads in the case, police said.

The next day, Officers Brian Karoul and Tony Battistelli developed preliminary information on two possible suspects, identified as Eric Tyler and Mark Yphantis, both of Manchester.

Based on further investigation, the officers were able to obtain arrest warrants for both Tyler and Yphantis, charging each of them with one count of Burglary. Police received tips from homeless people who were upset that the food pantry had been broken into, police said.

The officers arrested the men on the warrants without incident on Friday, January 3, 2014 when they spotted them in the area of Bridge Street and Elm Street. The stolen food has not been recovered.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the two men were arraigned at the Circuit Court – Manchester District Division Monday, where police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Tyler has a criminal record dating back to 1993. Yphantis’ goes back to 1980. In October, the Union Leader stated, Tyler was convicted of theft; most of a one-year sentence was suspended on the condition he stay out of trouble.

Yphantis told a judge he was homeless at the time of the crime, but not now. Yphantis also was convicted of theft last year, the paper said.

Tyler said he was to start a job Monday and asked for personal recognizance bail.

Their bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety, and because they are charged with felonies, a probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21 for each of them, the Union Leader stated.

Source: Manchester Police Department

New Hampshire Union Leader

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