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Former Nashua motorcycle salesman charged with pocketing cash among those indicted

NASHUA – A former salesman was indicted on eight felony counts by a grand jury this month after he was accused of pocketing cash that customers paid for motorcycles.

Brian Cote, 44, with a last known address of 64 Plummer St., Goffstown, is facing eight counts of theft by unauthorized taking. Prosecutors say he sold seven motorcycles at the Best Ford and Cycle Center in Nashua from 2008-10 and kept the proceeds, according to court documents. ...

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NASHUA – A former salesman was indicted on eight felony counts by a grand jury this month after he was accused of pocketing cash that customers paid for motorcycles.

Brian Cote, 44, with a last known address of 64 Plummer St., Goffstown, is facing eight counts of theft by unauthorized taking. Prosecutors say he sold seven motorcycles at the Best Ford and Cycle Center in Nashua from 2008-10 and kept the proceeds, according to court documents.

Cote was arrested in September 2009 and charged with theft by deception after being accused of keeping more than $2,000 in cash a customer paid to buy a 2008 Suzuki 650 cc motorcycle, police said.

The manager of the shop contacted police after finding a motorcycle missing from the inventory, police said.

The grand jury’s indictments were handed down Wednesday. The indictments are not a finding of guilt; they are the grand jury’s determination that prosecutors have enough evidence to move the case to Superior Court.

The grand jury also indicted a Brooklyn, N.Y., man who is accused of being part of a theft ring that targeted Staples stores across New England.

Daquan Dollar, 25, of 1330 Fulton St., was indicted on three counts of receiving stolen property for allegedly having ink cartridges stolen from Staples stores, according to court documents.

Nashua police arrested Dollar in July after being tipped off by Tilton police that several people had been working together to steal items from Staples stores in the region, police said.

Nashua Police Lt. Michael Moushegian said at the time that several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise were found in Dollar’s room at the Motel 6 on Progress Avenue in Nashua.

Also indicted was a Massachusetts woman who allegedly drove a car at her alleged victim and smashed through a garage door.

April Frantz, 37, with a last known address of 87 Bancroft St., Dracut, Mass., was indicted on attempted first- and second-degree assault, reckless conduct and criminal threatening, according to court documents.

She was arrested in June and charged with driving a 2008 Chrysler Sebring through a garage door on Lund Street and close to a nearby man. She also threatened the man while holding a knife in each hand, according to the indictments.

Kelly Hartson, 30, of 15 Broadview Drive, Litchfield, was indicted on charges of criminal threatening for allegedly shooting at a man during a domestic dispute. She was also indicted on 10 charges of stalking, according to court documents.

In addition, 32-year-old Nashua resident Nathan Hayes was indicted on a single charge of first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing another man in the stomach.

Nashua police arrested Hayes in July after being called to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center when a man arrived there with a stab wound. Police investigated and determined Hayes was unprovoked and had stabbed the man, whom he knows, with a steak knife, police said.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
telegraph.com. Also follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).