• Police: Man used toddler to steal game prizes out of machine at NH mall

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    SALEM, N.H. - Update: Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence. Helinski was processed on three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

    Police are looking for a man who they say used a toddler to steal prizes out of a vending machine game at a mall in New Hampshire.

    Several witnesses recorded video of the crime Friday evening at The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem.

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    Police say the man had the small girl climb into the bottom of the Key Master where prizes are dropped for winners and reach up and grab various items and hand them to him.

    Police say the man, who also had a young boy with him, then left the area with the children and stolen items.

    It wasn't clear what the items were, but such games often offer valuable electronics and gift cards.

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