, Newburyport, MA

September 4, 2013

Pair charged with stealing TVs from Walmart

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — SALISBURY —A New Hampshire man and his alleged accomplice were arraigned yesterday on theft charges after the pair ripped off three television sets from a Seabrook Walmart Sunday morning and were soon arrested on Route 1, according to police.

Eldon R. Colby, 50, 27 Hersey Lane, Newmarket, N.H., and Timothy McAniff, 54, 23 Beach Road, Salisbury, were charged with receiving property more than $250 and were ordered held on bail pending pretrial hearings scheduled for Sept. 30. Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle set Colby’s bail at $1,500 cash, while McAniff is being held on $1,000 cash bail.

According to the report of Salisbury police officer Christopher Thurlow, Colby and McAniff entered the Route 1 Walmart somewhere around 10:15 a.m. and grabbed three televisions, including two LED sets, with a total value of around $700. The pair deposited the televisions in the back of a Ford Ranger pickup truck registered to Colby and sped away toward Salisbury.

Seabrook police were able to catch up with the alleged thieves minutes later and managed to pull them over, but only after entering Salisbury. Seabrook police then called local police, who officially made the arrests.

In his report, Thurlow wrote that the televisions were in plain view and still had their security devices attached. Upon booking, Colby told police he had a drug problem and needed the cash he’d get from selling the television sets to feed his habit. Around the same time, a Walmart loss prevention officer visited the Railroad Avenue police station and identified the two suspects as those responsible for stealing the television sets.