October 16, 2013

Portland police: Man caught on cruiser’s camera taking woman’s cellphone

The alleged robber is also wanted in New Hampshire on burglary charges.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A man who is wanted in New Hampshire on burglary charges was picked up by Portland police after his theft of a woman’s cell phone was caught on a cruiser’s dashboard-mounted camera, police said.

Portland police charged Ryan Raiche, 31, with robbery, being a fugitive from justice and receiving stolen property after his arrest Tuesday evening.

Police were already looking for Raiche. Police say he was seen on a pawn shop security camera selling stolen jewelry and electronics, though police did not know his name at the time.

On Tuesday at about 6 p.m., an officer in the area of Congress and High streets was approached by a woman who said a man had just grabbed her and wrenched a cellphone from her hand, police said. The incident took place in front of the cruiser while the officer was dealing with another incident, police said.

Police caught up with Raiche and, after checking the video, confirmed the woman’s account and charged him with robbery.

David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at: dhench@pressherald.com
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