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July 23, 2004


Four Arrested in Berlin Hatchery Trophy Fish Theft

CONCORD, N.H. -- On July 22, 2004, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division completed an investigation of the theft of trophy "show pool" fish from the Berlin Fish Hatchery. As a result of this investigation, four men were arrested yesterday for two Class A misdemeanors each -- criminal trespass and theft by unauthorized taking. Arrested were Joshua Horne, age 19, of Berlin; Ryan Landry, age 19, of Berlin; Jeffrey Lessard, age 17, of Milan; and Chad Ramsey, age 25, of Berlin.

The theft and vandalism to the Berlin Fish Hatchery occurred on June 23, 2004, during the early morning hours. The fish ranged in size from 6 to 15 pounds apiece, with more than a dozen either taken or killed. These fish are highly prized by the hatchery staff and the public alike. Visitors to the facility look forward to the opportunity to view and feed these unique trophy specimens.

"Sgt. Mike Moody, our primary investigator in the case, with few initial leads, broke the case by aggressively seeking public assistance and following up on all information that was volunteered from the local community," said Lt. Douglas Gralenski of Fish and Game Law Enforcement. "Although no single piece of information broke the case, Sgt. Moody was quickly able to piece together how the crime was committed and who was involved. Then he secured the necessary evidence to go forward with the case."

Bail was set at $5,000 cash for Ryan Landry, who was already out on bail for unrelated charges pending in the Berlin District Court. The bail hearing was held in front of Judge Anctil of the Berlin District Court. Unable to make bail, Ryan Landry was transported to the Coos County House of Corrections to await trial. The other defendants had bail set at $1,000 Personal Recognizance, with an arraignment date set for August 16, 2004.

Each Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail, as well as up to a $2,000 fine.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fish and wildlife.

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