Arrests made in two burglary cases

NASHUA – Police arrested two men within three hours Saturday evening, charging them with offenses relating to separate burglaries that occurred in late 2017.

Emerson Pena-Hernandez, 25, of 3 Lear Drive, Nashua, was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m, police said. He was charged with two counts of burglary, one a Class A felony and the other a Class B felony.

Then just before 9 p.m., members of the department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit arrested William Oakes, 36, of 5 Bay St., Hudson, on one count of receiving stolen property, a Class A felony, police said.

The accusations against Pena-Hernandez stem from the investigations into two Nashua burglaries, one at a residence and the other at a business, for which police received reports on Dec. 13.

Detectives with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division eventually identified Pena-Hernandez as the suspect in both incidents, in which police said money and a personal laptop were stolen.

Detectives issued a warrant for Pena-Hernandez, on which he turned himself in to police Saturday. He was booked and later released after posting $500 cash bail, and is scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 8 at Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

Oakes, meanwhile, is accused of pawning items that had been stolen during a burglary at a Nashua residence on Nov. 9, police said.

During the investigation, police said detectives learned that “multiple items” taken during the burglary had been pawned on Nov. 16 at a shop in Nashua.

Among them, according to police reports, were two rings and a bracelet valued at about $8,000.

“Oakes was identified as the person responsible for pawning the stolen property,” police said.

He was subsequently arraigned in the Nashua court, where bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety pending his next court appearance.

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