Sent to the cleaners

MANCHESTER, N.H. – A man named as the primary suspect in the University of New Hampshire clothes-snipper cases has been arrested in Manchester, accused of peering into an apartment where a young woman was sleeping.

Police say a neighbor saw Jeffrey Gelinas, 27, peering into the apartment about 4 a.m. Saturday, then fleing into the woods when police approached. They used a police dog to find him.

Gelinas was charged with stalking, a misdemeanor, and was released on $10,000 bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Manchester District Court.

Police named Gelinas the primary suspect in the UNH cases that occurred over the summer _ but said they did not have enough evidence in the burglaries to charge him. He was charged, however, with loitering and prowling in two “peeping tom” cases Aug. 20 and Sept. 11.

Between June 25 and Aug. 6 in Durham, seven young women who live in apartments near UNH reported break-ins by a young man who, in some cases, cut off their clothes while they slept. Some reported waking up and seeing a man in their bedroom.

Gelinas was already free on $2,000 personal recognizance bail for the loitering and prowling charges. He was ordered to stay out of Durham except to check in with police. He is scheduled to appear in Durham District Court on Thursday morning.

Durham police were aware Gelinas had moved to Manchester, and had notified city police, said Durham police Chief David Kurz.

Gelinas has past convictions for criminal trespass, attempted violation of privacy, and prowling.

In July 1995, he was arrested in Manchester after a woman found him hiding in a closet in her apartment. Gelinas, who was working for the apartment management company, had a master key. He was convicted of criminal trespass, fined and given a suspended sentence.

The other convictions, all of which involved peering into people’s windows, also resulted in fines or suspended sentences.

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