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Nov 13, 2015 3:16 PM

To catch a thief: Superhero dad in Manchester nabs an alleged shoplifter

MANCHESTER - The city has been hit with a rash of robberies and thefts over the last few weeks, but there would have been one more to add to the tally this week if it hadn't been for a Manchester man who decided to intervene.

It was a case involving an alleged shoplifter, later identified as Justin Small, 29, of Manchester, who's accused of trying to steal a bottle of wine from the Gulf Express on Main Street on Thursday night.

Colin O’Neil was in the store, and after Small became physical with the clerks, O’Neil told NH1 News that he had to jump in and do something.

“My son was in the store and I wasn’t really thinking at the time. There was nothing going through my mind. I saw him and the girls struggling, and I just felt like I had to do something,” said O’Neil.

O’Neil grabbed Small and restrained him until police arrived.

Manchester police told NH1 News, there have been a total of 39 robberies since Sept. 1 and 12 of them were armed robberies.

The breakdown includes:

6 bank robberies (4 this month)
8 shoplifting gone bad
9 gas/ convenience stores
1 pharmacy
11 street level robberies
4 other locations

Small, accused in the latest foiled theft, was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Friday. No one was hurt in the struggle and O'Neil's 8-year-old calls his dad is a "superhero."

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