Federal charges for N.H. man in alleged mail theft

CONCORD – A Manchester man who allegedly robbed a library was arraigned Tuesday on federal charges alleging he stole mail out of mail boxes in Litchfield.

Nicholas Walker, 28, is charged with being in possession of stolen mail. He was brought up on the federal charges after an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Litchfield police had been fielding calls about mail theft and damaged mailboxes In February when Walker allegedly tried to burgle the town’s public library.

According to police reports, a librarian was investigating a loud bang in the basement in the afternoon of Feb. 20 when she ended up confronting Walker, who police said had gained entry by kicking in a window.

The librarian then “hit the panic button,” which triggered the building’s security system, police said, but the suspect had fled before officers arrived. They determined that a laptop and monitor had allegedly been taken from a shed on the library property.

During this investigation, officers received multiple calls reporting a silver sedan that was “operating erratically and looking inside mailboxes,” police said, and the vehicle, operated by Walker, was located at a gas station in Hudson by Litchfield Police Officer David Donnelly.

Donnelly went to look at the car, and spotted mail from various Litchfield addresses in the car, as well as a check drawn from an account belonging to a Litchfield resident. Walker then walked up to the car and told the officer he had been driving it, but refused to say from where, according to the court record.

Donnelly impounded the car and waited for a search warrant, collecting evidence about the alleged crimes. He turned himself in in March.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.