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Pelham police seek alleged thief of feline group’s donation jar

PELHAM – Police are crediting the work of Methuen, Mass. police and a series of tips from the public for helping them identify a 32-year-old Methuen man as the suspect in the theft earlier this month of a “Feline Friends” donation jar from a local convenience store.

Police said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Justin McGrail, who was identified through video surveillance images from the store, Gage Hill Farms on Route 38. ...

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PELHAM – Police are crediting the work of Methuen, Mass. police and a series of tips from the public for helping them identify a 32-year-old Methuen man as the suspect in the theft earlier this month of a “Feline Friends” donation jar from a local convenience store.

Police said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Justin McGrail, who was identified through video surveillance images from the store, Gage Hill Farms on Route 38.

The jar collected donations for Feline Friends, an all-volunteer, non-profit group that rescues cats and places them in foster homes and an adoption center
at PetSmart in Salem.

Police said the theft occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, when a man now identified as McGrail entered the store and allegedly took off with the jar.

News of the theft prompted a number of people to come forward with donations to Feline Friends. Store manager David Bergeron told police that more than $500 has come in, and the store itself donated $200.

Police said McGrail frequents the Methuen and Salem area, and ask that anyone who may see him or has more information call Pelham police at 635-2411.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).