Salem store owner, employee charged with vandalizing cars

SALEM, N.H. — The owner of a local convenience store is charged with vandalizing several cars parked in front of his business.

Yogesh Patel, 36, owner of M&N Borderline Discount at 540 S. Broadway, called authorities at 8:37 p.m. on Friday and reported multiple cars parked illegally in front of his store, according to police.

Police arrived to find 10 cars in the parking lot that had one or more tires deflated.

Upon further investigation, officers determined that Patel and a store employee, Deepakkumar Patel, 43, called police to report the illegally parked cars, then walked outside and drilled holes in more than 20 tires.

While investigating the incident, police said they recovered video surveillance footage from the store that shows the two men vandalizing the cars and the drill they allegedly used.

Police said Sunday that both men were arrested and charged with falsifying physical evidence and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in excess of $1,500.

They were released on $5,000 cash bail and are scheduled to be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem on June 28.

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