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DERRY, NH ? A man accused of taking items from a Derry store is trying to clear his name, saying that he was confused by the name of the store: Finders Keepers.

Police said Ruben Pavon was shown on surveillance video taking a grill from the porch of the Finders Keepers thrift shop.

"I grabbed the box," Pavon said. "It was a fire pit, something like that. It turned into a grill, and I took it home."

Pavon admitted that it wasn't the first time he had taken something from there, but he said he thought the items were free.

"I just grabbed one. I thought it was there for the taking," he said. "The sign did say 'Finders Keepers.' So I took that DVD player, took it home. A couple of weeks later, the stuff is still there on the porch, so I'm thinking to myself, 'Finders Keepers. They probably just put stuff out there for people to take.'"

The store's owner, Laura Barker, said she doesn't buy Pavon's claim.

"I don't know of any stores where there's free stuff," she said. "It would be nice if there were. I'd be there on a regular basis myself."

Barker said Pavon could have asked to verify his assumptions.

"I've never seen him in the store," she said. "He didn't appear to try and open the door to see if we were open, if anybody was there, if anyone was even there to help him load it. Because the lights were off. So I assume he knew that nobody was there."

The video also shows a child helping Pavon carry the box off the porch, police said. Pavon said he's not a bad person.

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At the end of the day it doesn't matter whether his claim of ignorance is true or not, it's not an excuse when he could ask someone for verification.

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"He didn't appear to try and open the door to see if we were open, if anybody was there, if anyone was even there to help him load it. Because the lights were off. So I assume he knew that nobody was there."

I agree that his argument is ridiculous, but leaving merchandise sitting on a porch outside the store with nobody there doesn't seem very smart either.

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Lol :)

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HAHA this is funny. Time to change the name of the store.

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I'd think there would be a sign, like "please pay inside".

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