MANCHESTER — A man known in the Seacoast as “Jack the Snipper” for his suspected involvement in a string of Durham burglaries in 2003, was arrested in Manchester for allegedly showing his genitals to an 8-year-old at a department store.
Manchester Police charged Jeffrey Gelinas, 43, of Manchester, Tuesday afternoon with indecent exposure, a felony, for the alleged offense that took place Sunday at a Family Dollar in the city, according to a press release from the police department.
Officers responded to the store around 2:40 p.m. Jan. 6 to speak with the 8-year-old girl and her mother. The girl stated the man, who she did not know, exposed himself while standing inside the store. She provided a description of the suspect and told her mother the man was wearing a long, dark colored jacket at the time his genitals were exposed, police said.
The suspect had left the store before police arrived. Officers obtained video evidence from the store’s surveillance camera, and another officer identified the suspect in the video-still as Gelinas.
After he was arrested, Gelinas was placed on a 72-hour-hold for a probation/parole violation. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on Wednesday.
Gelinas has a criminal history, much of it in Strafford County, that dates to 1995. Last year, he was arrested for loitering and prowling after police found him in a wooded area near Oyster River Middle School in the middle of the night. In 2013, a Strafford County jury convicted him of indecent exposure for exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl in a department store. A judge sentenced him to a year in jail in that case, according to County Attorney Tom Velardi. At the time, Gelinas had similar charges pending elsewhere in the state.
Gelinas was convicted of criminal trespass in 1995, after getting caught hiding in a woman’s closet; prowling in 1999 for looking inside an apartment window; criminal trespass in 2001, also for looking inside apartment windows, and loitering in 2003 for hiding in bushes and looking into apartment windows. He was convicted of stalking in 2003.
Gelinas was the sole suspect in a string of burglaries in 2003 and 2004 when a man broke into women’s apartments in Durham and snipped off parts of their undergarments as they slept. Gelinas was convicted on one felony count of attempted burglary after a woman saw him at her window and screamed. That investigation led to the nickname “Jack the Snipper.”