Merrimack woman goes on crime spree; allegedly steals neighbor’s dog

MERRIMACK – A 34-year-old Merrimack woman remains free on bail, but has been ordered to attend Nashua’s Adult Drug Court after three separate arrests in five days – including two within just hours, according to police.

Ashley Compagna, of 246 Daniel Webster Highway, Apt. 422, now must answer to the series of various charges she picked up during a stretch of time from the early morning hours of Sept. 1 to about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

One of those charges, a felony count of receiving stolen property, accuses Compagna of stealing “Cody” – a German Shepherd – from her neighbor in the complex known as The Residences at Daniel Webster Highway.

The charge was one of three receiving stolen property offenses stemming from the incident. In addition to the dog, she was accused of stealing the dog owner’s purse and a quantity of her medication, according to police.

Not only was the alleged victim able to identify Compagna for police, “Cody” was also able to aid in the investigation. When officers went to Compagna’s apartment and she denied stealing Cody, he suddenly began barking and “looked over the rail of the loft,” police said.

The officers also located the purse and medication Compagna is accused of stealing.

She was transported to police headquarters where she was booked and later released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Sept. 13 at Hillsborough County Superior Court-South in Nashua.

Compagna’s second brush with the law came just six hours or so later. An officer on routine patrol drove by the King Kone at 336 Daniel Webster Highway at about 6:30 a.m. and spotted a “suspicious female subject” leaning into an open window.

The officer “announced my presence,” he wrote in his report, adding that when the woman removed a black hood she was wearing, he recognized her as Compagna because, he wrote, he was present for her booking several hours earlier.

She told the officer she was “a volunteer,” the officer wrote, and later said she was “applying for a job and was supposed to meet the manager,” but couldn’t come up with a name, he wrote.

After finding the window off its track and items in disarray inside, the officer took Compagna into custody on one count each of burglary, attempted theft, criminal mischief and breach of bail conditions.

This time, Compagna, after booking, was held on $10,000 cash-only bail. She was arraigned Wednesday, at which time Judge Charles Temple modified bail to personal recognizance and ordered her to attend Adult Drug Court.

She is next due in court on that set of charges on Nov. 8 for a dispositional conference.

However, at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said they were called back to the apartment complex by the initial alleged victim, who told them that Compagna was “knocking on (her) door and would not leave.”

When officers approached Compagna, according to their reports, she “handed an officer a bottle of prescription medicine that she admitted belonged to the victim.”

Officers once again took Compagna into custody, this time on one count each of receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a prescription drug, felonies, and one count of breach of bail conditions, a misdemeanor.

Compagna is scheduled for arraignment on those charges on Sept. 20 in Superior Court in Nashua.

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