Selfies Lead to Former Pelham Resident’s Arrest

February 14, 2019
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PELHAM, N.H. -- A wanted felon sending selfies to detectives posing as a woman interested in him has led to the man’s arrest, according to police on Thursday.

Joseph Giroux, 41, wanted for alleged thefts in both New Hampshire and Florida, has been taken into custody in Kentucky, Pelham Police reported.

On Jan. 18, the Pelham Police Criminal Bureau received information that Giroux had a nationwide extraditable felony warrant for theft out of the Sarasota Florida Sheriff’s Office. The Fugitive Unit and a bail bondsman out of Sarasota told Pelham detectives that Giroux was allegedly residing in Pelham. He had been out on a bond for $287,552.

Detectives began tracking Giroux down. They interviewed several individuals from the southern New Hampshire area, and learned that weeks earlier he had been temporarily residing in Pelham.

In his short stay in New Hampshire, Giroux allegedly committed a theft in Northwood, and became a strong suspect in a theft in Pelham. The victim of the Northwood crime had paid for work to be completed and Giroux never started; he allegedly cashed the check they had given him at a bank in Manchester. Video footage from the bank confirmed his identity.

The victim of that crime provided Pelham detectives with his cell phone number.

Detectives began texting Giroux posing as a woman from Pelham who was interested in him. They quickly started a texting relationship, and he stayed in contact with the undercover detective for a few weeks.

Giroux eventually sent multiple “selfies” of himself and provided personal information about himself. The “selfie” and the personal information he provided led to a search warrant to track his cell phone location.

Giroux had shut his phone off for a few days, and when he turned it back on, he was in Punta Gorda, Florida. Pelham detectives forwarded his location to the U.S. Marshals and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Again, he fell off the grid.

His phone was turned on a few days later, and according to the cell phone ping, he was now in Paducah, Kentucky. Kentucky authorities were immediately contacted by Pelham detectives.

The Paducah Kentucky Police Department activated their Drug and Vice Enforcement Unit and Operations Unit, and conducted surveillance for almost 24 hours. They were finally able to take Giroux into custody without incident.

He is being held in the McCracken County Jail in Kentucky, pending extradition back to Florida.

While Giroux was in New Hampshire, he told his victims that he was the owner of a company called “Joseph Giroux 1st Choice Flooring and More, Inc.”

If any New Hampshire residents fell victim to a scam involving this company or Giroux, contact your local police department.

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