Police capture suspects in Salem thefts

SALEM, N.H. — Two Bay State men, suspected of stealing merchandise from Home Depot and BJ's stores, are in custody after a police officer spotted a stolen car Saturday and tried to pull the driver over.

The Salem officer gave chase but ended the pursuit at the state border, where the two men escaped on foot, according to New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Dean Holston.

Police dogs from the Salem Police Department and Massachusetts State Police tracked the suspects, who were ultimately arrested a short time later near the Days Inn on Pelham Street in Methuen, Mass.

Joseph Forgetta, 48, of Quincy, Mass., and Robert Ellington, 31, of Tewksbury, Mass. were captured Saturday about 2:40 p.m., Methuen police said.

Forgetta was charged with buying stolen goods and being a fugitive from justice.

Ellington was charged with receiving stolen goods, being a fugitive from justice and Class D drug possession.

They were arrested without incident, according to Holston.

The stolen car was a Honda Fit with New Jersey plates, New Hampshire State Police said. Earlier Saturday, Salem police issued a statewide broadcast, saying the Honda was wanted in connection with "numerous" thefts at the local stores.

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