Manchester man tries to trick police, ends up with prowling charges
MANCHESTER - Police said a Manchester man attempted to fool them into thinking he was not prowling around parked cars early Thursday morning.
Manchester police officer Erik Slocum responded to a call at 4:30 a.m.for a suspicious person checking house and car doors near 53 Jane Street. Slocum located a man matching a description provided to police standing at the corner of Jane Street and Nashua Street. Police said the man - later identified as Zachary Sweeney, 25 of Manchester - was standing next to a white Ford Focus and appeared to be agitated.
The man claimed to have been locked out of his brother’s car, so he kicked the car several times causing two dents and several hundred dollars in damage. The officer realized the car did not belong to his brother, so he tracked down the owner.
The officer located the woman who owned the Ford Focus. She stated she did not know Mr. Sweeney and claimed her vehicle was not damaged when she parked it the previous night.
The officers also made contact with the original caller who stated Sweeney had knocked on her front door. He walked away as she woke up but she noticed him outside of her home attempting to open her car door.
Sweeney was arrested and charged with prowling and criminal mischief based on the information provided to Slocum by the two women he spoke with.
Sweeney is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester Thursday, January 12.