PORTSMOUTH — A former Lee police officer is charged with two felonies alleging he stole FedEx packages that had been shipped to his neighbor at The Veridian apartment building, police allege.
David Rodriguez Luna, 35, of 70 Constitution Ave., apartment 227, was arrested on a warrant for two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, according to the public police log. Portsmouth Police Capt. Mark Newport said one charge alleges that on Jan. 4, Luna stole a FedEx package containing high-end audio speakers which had been shipped to another resident of the apartment building. The other charge alleges Luna stole a package shipped to the same resident, also containing audio equipment, on Dec. 31, Newport said.
The complaints allege Luna “purposely exercised unauthorized control over sound equipment belonging to (the neighbor) valued at an excess of an aggregated value of $1,500, with the purpose to deprive him thereof,” according to police.
Residents reported thefts of packages from the building lobby, which FedEx had reported as delivered, so an investigation was initiated, Newport said. Video surveillance led to Luna who told “conflicting stories,” said the police captain.
Luna could not be reached for comment. Police said he was released on personal recognizance bail and will be prosecuted through the Rockingham County Felonies First program.
Lee Police Chief Thomas Dronsfield Jr. said Luna left that department in December. He said the terms of Luna’s departure are a non-public personnel matter. Luna was sworn in as a Lee officer last April, according to public records.
Major David Parenteau, of the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, said Luna was going through the process of obtaining certification as a police officer in the state, but never completed that process.
Luna appeared before the Police Standards and Training Council on May 22, 2018 seeking credit for prior training and experience to be certified in New Hampshire. Dronsfield is quoted in minutes from that meeting stating Luna had received prior training from the Hartford, Conn. Police Department, was a SWAT team member, was “actively involved in criminal and felony level investigations” and relocated to Florida where he worked for a county sheriff’s department. After that, according to the minutes, Luna enlisted in the Army and was “honorably discharged due to injury sustained in Kuwait during a simulated combat mission.”