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Concord police arrest man in alleged theft of food pantry donation jar

After issuing a warrant yesterday, the Concord police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for stealing a food pantry donation jar from a Loudon Road gas station earlier this month.

Thomas Burke, 29, was taken into custody at about 6:15 a.m., according to the police, who say they received tips about Burke’s location after several media outlets reported that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Burke was taken into custody at 5 Market Lane in Concord, and while the police said Burke does not live at the residence they declined to say why he was there.

The police have accused Burke of walking into the Circle K gas station on Loudon Road at about 8:15 p.m. Nov. 17, paying for his gas and then taking a Capital Region Food Pantry donation jar holding about $15 from the counter.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on a Class B felony of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer today at Concord’s district court. Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley declined to discuss Burke’s criminal history, but said that the relatively small theft was elevated to a felony because of his record.

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