Manchester burglary spree suspect arrested in Pennsylvania

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MANCHESTER — A suspect in a series of burglaries that targeted high-end retail stores in Manchester last year has been arrested in Pennsylvania, authorities announced Thursday.

The Manchester Police Department said it had been conducting an extensive investigation into burglaries at the Orvis Outlet and Coco Goose on Nov. 16, with over $70,000 in merchandise stolen and $5,000 in damages.

A week later, on Nov. 23, the Brooks Brother store was hit, with thieves making off with approximately $15,000 in goods and causing $500 in damage.

The investigation, which involved multiple search warrants and collaboration with various agencies, identified Jonnathan Franco-Betancourt of Queens, New York, as a suspect.

Franco-Betancourt was also suspected of similar burglaries in neighboring states, including Pennsylvania.

On Oct. 13, authorities issued a warrant for Franco-Betancourt’s arrest on charges including three counts of Burglary, three felony counts of Grand Larceny, two felony counts of Unlawful Mischief, and one misdemeanor count of Unlawful Mischief.

Franco-Betancourt was apprehended on March 1 in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, on the Vermont warrant.

He will remain in custody in Pennsylvania pending the resolution of his charges there before being extradited to Vermont to face his charges.

The Manchester Police Department received assistance from the Capital Regional Crime Analysis Center, New England Police Information Network, and the Bennington Police Department during the investigation.

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