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Manchester, NH Police Warning Public After String Of Robberies

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Jonathan Rodriguez (Credit: Manchester Police)

Jonathan Rodriguez (Credit: Manchester Police)

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A community meeting is scheduled after a string of robberies in Manchester, NH.

Police say there have been 148 burglaries in July, exceeding the 90 recorded last July. In addition, several armed robberies have been reported.

The latest one happened Wednesday at Good Still Pawn Shop.

According to Manchester Police, Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, of Manchester, showed a gun and demanded money. The pawn shop owner instead, began chasing Rodriguez down the street.

Police arrived on scene and joined the chase.

Rodriguez was captured in a yard and tased following a struggle with police.

Police have linked Rodriguez with similar robberies at Crosstown Variety on July 26 and 27 and Domino’s Pizza on August 27.

He’s charged with four counts of armed robbery, criminal threatening, simple assault, resisting arrest, first degree assault and falsifying physical evidence.

Wednesday’s robbery adds to a growing list of armed robberies and burglaries in the city.

Police said most of the burglaries happened during the day at residences and that items taken include laptops, iPads, iPods, checkbooks and cash. They suspect drug use is playing a role in many of the break-ins.

The police are holding a meeting Thursday at the Manchester Police Athletic League building to address the rising crime rate.

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