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Lawrence Man Wanted in Arcade Game Theft Using Daughter Turns Self In

September 19, 2018

SALEM, N.H. -- A Lawrence man wanted by police for allegedly having his young daughter climb inside an arcade game to steal prizes at the Mall at Rockingham Park turned himself in to police Wednesday.

Anthony Helinski, 34, was captured on video last Friday having the toddler crawl into the Keymaster game to remove prizes designed to be dispensed by the machine, according to a Salem Police Department press release.

After getting the small child out of the game, the man left the area with the small child and the stolen items, police said.

With the help of videos captured of the incident, Salem detectives received tips leading to Helinski’s identification. An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday, police said.

According to police, Helinski immediately turned himself in with his attorney.

The Lawrence man is charged with three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of criminal trespass and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Salem Police Department.

Helinski was released on his own personal recognizance. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Salem District Court on Oct. 29.

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