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Cross Roads House Compliance Check

February 9, 2018

The Cross Roads House management requested the assistance of The Portsmouth Police Department in enforcing their safety protocols, so that they may continue to provide a safe environment for homeless individuals and families in the community.



Felony Lane Gang / Arrest Warrant

February 1, 2018

The Portsmouth Police Department has active arrest warrants for:


DOB: 03/09/80

1230 Alsup Drive

Rockledge, FL

REVELS is being charged with the following crimes:

3x Forgery (B Felony)

2x Theft by Deception (B Felony)


Granite Shield Drug Arrest

January 26, 2018

On January 25, 2018 with the funding provided by the Granite Shield Opioid Grant the Portsmouth Police Department working with the Seacoast High Intensity Drug Interdiction Team made up of local officers and detectives from Seabrook, Hampton, and Greenland Police Departments, along with the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) arrested the following individuals:


Alexandra Roy

Age: 24

33 Main Street

Salisbury, MA



Burglary / Jitto’s & Super Steak Sub

January 19, 2018

The Portsmouth Police Department conducted an investigation of a reported burglary that occurred on November 24, 2017 at Jitto’s & Super Steak Sub at 3131 Lafayette Road. The suspect had entered the business at night time and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

As a result of this investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for the following subject for 1 count of Burglary.

Robert C. Arnold IV


Criminal Threatening Arrest

January 8, 2018

On January 8, 2018, Detective Matthew Hester of the Portsmouth Police Department concluded an investigation of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon with the arrest of:

Michael Edwards

Age: 50

5 Melcher St. Apt. 1

Portsmouth, NH


First Night in Portsmouth

December 31, 2017

To facilitate a safe and entertaining First Night, the following traffic and parking changes will occur on December 31st


With the exception of Pleasant Street from State Street to the Square, Church Street (next to the North Church) and Parrot Avenue (from Richards to Junkins - no entry from Rogers), streets are open Downtown to vehicular traffic and parking.


Fraud Alert/Identity Theft

December 19, 2017

The Portsmouth Police Department has been investigating several recent mail fraud and identity theft cases involving an organized crime enterprise operating in the Portsmouth area.  These organizations have been targeting local neighborhoods, and more specifically the south end of Portsmouth.  These individuals are obtaining personal identities such as names, DOB’s, social security numbers, and addresses and using that information to go online and order items, specifically newly released smart phones such as the IPhone 10 and Samsung Note 8 through several different nation


Salvation Army Thrift Store Armed Robber

December 19, 2017

On December 18, 2017, at approximately 8:37 PM, the Portsmouth Police Department was called to the Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 2458 Lafayette Rd for a report of an armed robbery.  Upon arrival officers located two employees who reported while exiting the store after closing they were approached in the parking lot by a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask pointing a gun at them asking for the money bag.  The suspect obtained the bag and fled on foot towards Lafayette Rd.  The two employees returned to the store and called police.


Portsmouth Police in collaboration with Market Basket are organizing the 3rd Annual 5-0

December 10, 2017

Food drive to benefit Gather (formerly known as Seacoast Food Pantry). The food drive will be Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Market Basket, 1465 Woodbury Avenue.

Several officers, department employees and their family members will be in front of the store handing out flyers listing specific items that the food pantry needs to meet demands during the holiday season. Shoppers who wish to participate can purchase items on the list and drop them off at Portsmouth Police cruisers on their way out.


Holiday Parade 2017 Information (Street Closures & No Parking Information )

December 2, 2017

Street Closures and No Parking in the Greater Downtown Area for the Portsmouth Holiday Parade Saturday, December 2nd, 2017


Effective from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 the Chief of Police will be invoking his emergency powers, prohibiting parking and vehicular travel on certain streets in the City due to the Annual Portsmouth Holiday Parade.