89K gun theft results in charges

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BENNINGTON - A Boston man was held for lack of $20,000 bail Wednesday after being charged with stealing an $89,000 shotgun from a Manchester store. David Goldberg, 58, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of grand larceny.

Should he post bail, he will not be allowed to enter Covey & Nye in Manchester where he is accused of taking the gun from, nor can he go to Farm-Way in Bradford, where he is alleged to have taken a pair of shoes.

The state argued for him to be held on the $50,000 bail placed on him when he was arrested by Boston police and extradited, but Judge David Howard said the charge, while serious, did not make Goldberg that great a flight risk.

Because he lives across state lines, however, more bail than the $5,000 suggested by Goldberg's attorney was warranted.

State's Attorney Erica Marthage said Goldberg has a number of aliases and a criminal record in California, Florida, and Nevada.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer Abigail Zimmer, on Sept. 18 it was reported by the manager of the gun department at Covey & Nye that a "Luciano Bosis model Michelangelo" .410 gauge over-and-under shotgun was missing. It had blue barrels, a silver frame, and walnut stock with carvings of game birds. The firearm is valued at $89,000.

Employees at the store reported seeing two men come in before the store closed, one with a large, brown Great Dane. The male with him was acting strange and looking at clothing near the entrance to the gun room.

The second male brought a shirt up to buy, but the transaction was never completed. Manchester Police said in a press release that one of the males said they had forgotten their wallet and did not return after saying they would be going to get it. One of the store's employees said they remembered that the pair had come in the year before and had made her uncomfortable.

There is a door to the gun room, according to one of the employees, who said the guns had been cleaned and put in their cases, but the door was open after the two men left.

Zimmer said she notified other law enforcement agencies and the media about the missing gun and the two men. This led to a woman calling police to say she knew of a man with a large, brown Great Dane.

Police were also notified of an incident at Farm-Way in Bradford where a $165 pair of shoes was reported stolen. The person believed to be involved matched the description of one the men police were looking for in regards to the shotgun. Police found the dog owner, who lives in Randolph. He said he was with his friend, Goldberg, that day in Covey & Nye, and while he did not know anything about the theft of a shotgun, he did think Goldberg had been acting strange while in the store and suspected him of stealing something.

He gave police Goldberg's phone number and said he lives near Boston. He also told police that Goldberg had been given a ride to a bus station by a neighbor. The neighbor said he saw Goldberg with a bag with what appeared to be a tennis racquet inside.

Police searched the dog owner's house and did not find the shotgun. Goldberg was arrested on Oct. 8 by Boston police.

Goldberg has an active arrest warrant out of California for robbery in the second degree, police said.


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