Police arrest suspect in bike theft scheme

Nashua Police photo James Haley, age 34, of 4 Spinnaker Hill Lane, Hull, Mass

NASHUA – A 34-year-old man from the South Shore Massachusetts resort town of Hull has been arrested in connection with the series of thefts of “high-end” bicycles that occurred over the past several weeks in various Nashua locations, police said.

James Haley, of 4 Spinnaker Hill Lane, was charged with one count of receiving stolen property – consolidation, a Class B felony, which accuses him of stealing bicycles from open garages and carports in several residential areas of Nashua, according to police.

They said members of the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit arrested Haley “without incident” on Dec. 1, serving him with the warrant that had been issued during the investigation.

Police didn’t specify whether Haley was arrested in Nashua, or in Hull or another location.

He was taken into custody around 3:30 p.m., after which he was booked on the charge and later released on $2,500 cash bail.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 14 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

His arrest comes roughly a month after police issued a statement saying they began investigating a rash of bicycle thefts in late October.

The bicycles were mostly higher-end models of road and mountain bikes, police said. Most all of the thefts occurred in the overnight hours at both private residences and apartment complexes.

Police said that investigators contacted Haley on Nov. 7, and learned that he was allegedly in possession of three stolen bicycles “with a combined value in excess of $1,000.”

Police didn’t say whether they contacted Haley in person, talked with him on the phone or communicated with him via electronic means.

They did say that the warrant for Haley’s arrest was issued shortly afterward.

As their investigation continues, police said they currently are looking for the owner of a Cannondale mountain bike, blue and black in color, and a black and silver Giant mountain bike, both of which police believe were stolen.

Anyone with information on those bikes, or on the case itself, are asked to contact Officer David Carrignan at 594-3500.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashua

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