Man charged in 2014 with theft brought to justice

Jan. 22 – AMWSBURY – Eight years after he allegedly quit local police, a New Hampshire man accused of breaking into cars and robbing multiple people, was arraigned in Newburyport District Court on Friday and sentenced to $12,000 cash bond.

Darren Gregg, 45, of Hampton Falls, faces five counts of receiving stolen property under $250, felony motor vehicle break and enter and vehicle offenses car related to the incident on January 14, 2014 when police said he was gone. from the Irving gas station as the police spoke to him.

A warrant for his arrest was issued shortly after and remained open until his arrest earlier this week by an unknown police service. He was brought to the Newburyport courthouse by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

Gregg’s attorney, Wendy Spillane, told Judge William Martin that her client “just didn’t know” there was a warrant for his arrest. She went on to explain that Gregg was arrested soon after in New Hampshire and spent five years in prison there. He was under the assumption that his prison term covered the offenses he now faces using the term “global resolution”.

“He thinks it’s all been sorted out,” Spillane said.

Essex County District Attorney Shailagh Kennedy said Gregg and a woman were at the Route 110 gas station sleeping in a car full of items he had stolen from numerous people. When the police spoke to them, they both gave false names. During questioning, officers spotted items, including a driver’s license and bank books, belonging to a nearby resident. Gregg then pressed the gas and sped out of the gas station on Route 110. Police lost sight of him, but a few hours later learned that Gregg and his passenger had been driven to Hampton Falls .

The Amesbury resident told police someone broke into her car earlier today, Kennedy said.

Believing Gregg might have a gun, Hampton Falls police, accompanied by a SWAT team, drove to his home and arrested him. Inside Gregg’s home, police found other items they believed were stolen, including a bank card, GPS units and power tools, according to Kennedy.

Kennedy asked Martin to hold Gregg on $10,000 cash bond, saying he had an extensive criminal record and was prone to using aliases to avoid capture.

“He’s someone who isn’t shy about using a fake name,” Kennedy said.

Spillane requested that Gregg, who has worked for two years and has children, be held on minimum bail.

Martin decided to hold Gregg on $12,000 cash bail and scheduled his next court appearance for February 18. If Gregg posts bail, he must stay away and have no contact with his alleged victims and any witnesses.

Dave Rogers is a reporter for the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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