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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2 charged in theft from dead man’s home

By DEAN SHALHOUP

Staff Writer

HOLLIS – A 35-year-old Silver Lake Road resident and his 49-year-old aunt, also of Hollis, are due in court in January after their recent arrests on felony theft and burglary charges, police said.

Janet Testa-Fox, of 43 Deacon Lane, and her nephew, John Testa, were taken into custody earlier this month, accused of allegedly removing a motorcycle, an ATV and other items from a Federal Hill Road home whose owner died this summer in a motorcycle accident. ...

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HOLLIS – A 35-year-old Silver Lake Road resident and his 49-year-old aunt, also of Hollis, are due in court in January after their recent arrests on felony theft and burglary charges, police said.

Janet Testa-Fox, of 43 Deacon Lane, and her nephew, John Testa, were taken into custody earlier this month, accused of allegedly removing a motorcycle, an ATV and other items from a Federal Hill Road home whose owner died this summer in a motorcycle accident.

Police said the two were arrested after a nearly month-long investigation, which began Oct. 22 after relatives of the deceased man called police upon finding strangers on the property.

Police said the home, at 121 Federal Hill Road, had been unoccupied since the 60-year-old owner, David A. Grant, died Aug. 13 of injuries sustained in the crash, which happened on Dow Street in Pepperell, Mass., not far from the Hollis town line.

The relatives, who police said are from out of state, went to the home in October to begin cleaning up the property. But as they drove up, they spotted a truck they didn’t recognize, and, police said, “observed a male and female unknown to them inside the house.”

Police said officers who responded to the relatives’ call were able to determine that a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Polaris ATV and two mountain bikes had been removed from the property and put into a truck they said belongs to John Testa.

Officers spoke with Testa and Testa-Fox, obtained their identities, and launched an investigation into the matter.

Detectives subsequently developed information that led to arrest warrants for the pair, and they were taken into custody on Nov. 16, police said.

Testa and Testa-Fox each face the same set of charges: One count each of theft, and conspiracy to commit burglary, both felonies; and two counts of criminal trespass, one a Class A misdemeanor and the other a violation-level offense.

Bail for both was set at $25,000 cash or surety, which police said they posted and were freed pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Jan. 4 in Nashua district court.

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


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