Manchester man pleads guilty in library heist

NASHUA – Noting Nicholas Walker’s lack of criminal history and the fact he agreed to repay Litchfield’s Aaron Cutler Memorial Library for things he stole earlier this year, a Superior Court judge on Tuesday promptly accepted a plea agreement that keeps Walker out of jail as long as he behaves.

Walker, 29, of Manchester, answered Judge Charles Temple’s questions clearly and without hesitation as Temple imposed the agreed-upon 12-month sentence in Valley Street jail, all deferred for one year with the option for the state to suspend it for another two years.

Walker entered a guilty plea to one count of theft, which was amended to a misdemeanor from a felony, according to the agreement.

Other terms of the sentence order Walker to pay $216 in restitution to Cutler library, from which he stole a laptop computer and a monitor on the afternoon of Feb. 20.

Walker was also charged at the time with theft of mail, a case that Temple said would be handled by federal authorities.

One of the initial charges in the library incident – attempted burglary – accused Walker of kicking in a window in order to gain entry to the library.

The librarian on duty at the time told police she heard a loud “bang” in the basement of the library. She said when she went to investigate, she came face-to-face with a man, later identified as Walker.

The woman “hit the panic button,” police said, which triggered the building’s security alarm system. The intruder was gone by the time officers arrived, but he was found a short time later at a Hudson gas station.

Several callers reported seeing a car being driven erratically, while that the driver was looking inside mailboxes, police said.

Officers identified the driver as Walker, and after executing a search warrant on his vehicle, took him into custody.

In addition to paying restitution to the library, Walker must also perform 25 hours of community service, have no contact with the Cutler library, and engage in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, his sentencing order states.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_DeanS.