Andover Teacher On Administrative Leave After Theft, Endangerment Charges

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Anthony Helinski. (Salem, NH Police Department)

ANDOVER (WBZ-AM) -- An Andover middle school teacher is on administrative leave after allegedly using a young child to steal prizes from inside a game machine in New Hampshire.

Anthony Helinski, 34 of Lawrence, turned himself in to Salem, New Hampshire Police Wednesday, after they released cell phone video of Helinski from the Mall at Rockingham Park. The video appears to show Helinski using a toddler to climb into the machine and take prizes from it. The department received numerous tips that led them to issue a warrant for Helinski.

The department posted the video on their Facebook page:

Theft from Mall at Rockingham Park

Attached is a video from the incident Saturday night at the Mall at Rockingham Park. The video has intentionally been blurred out to protect the identity of the involved children. Anyone who recognizes the suspect in this case is urged to call Detective Dempsey at 603-890-2343 or message us here on Facebook. Thank you!

Posted by Salem NH Police Department on Monday, September 17, 2018

Helinski is charged with theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of criminal trespass, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

In Andover, residents who spoke to WBZ-TV were stunned.

"He's stealing, right? there's no way he paid for all that," one woman said.

"I don't know how the child got in, thank God she got out," said another.

Helinski has been placed on administrative leave from his job at the Doherty Middle School, and is due to be arraigned on October 29. Until then, he is free on personal recognizance.

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