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Wayne Smith, 54, of Nashua, turned himself into Hollis police March 22. He faces felony theft charges for allegedly attempting to steal water heaters from a Hollis business in February of 2012.
Friday, March 23, 2012

Nashua man charged in failed theft at Hollis business

A Nashua man faces felony charges after a failed attempt to steal used water heaters from a closed business in February, police said.

Wayne R. Smith, 54, of Mulberry Street, was arrested on charges of attempted theft, a Class B felony, and criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor, police said.

The theft charge was upgraded to a felony because of two previous theft-related convictions, police said.

Smith turned himself in to police Thursday, police said. He was also booked on a bench warrant out of Merrimack district court, police said.

On Feb. 19, a witness reported observing two men in a Chevy Suburban pull into a closed business on Ash Street in Hollis, police said. The witness then observed the two men trying to steal two used water heaters from the property of the Lorden Oil Co., police said. The witness confronted the men, who fled the property, police said.

The witness was able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle and contacted the police.

Smith was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Nashua district court on April 4.