Town Employee Arrested for Transfer Station Theft

A longtime Derry Transfer Station employee will be arraigned Aug. 22 in Derry District Court on charges of allegedly skimming profits from the facility. Daniel Hagerty, 74, is charged with Class A Felony theft after an investigation beginning June 27, according to Derry Police Capt. Vern Thomas.

Thomas said Hagerty turned himself in on a warrant Monday, Aug. 5. Thomas wrote in a press release that Derry police began their investigation June 27, after Public Works and the information technology (IT) department discovered what appeared to be “transaction discrepancies” at the scales.

“We were informed through the Town Administrator’s office,” Thomas said. “They had some issues of a suspicious nature and reported it to us.” Detectives from the Derry Police Department worked with the Public Works and IT departments. “At the conclusion of the investigation it was determined that there was theft,” Thomas said.

The detectives identified a suspect and at the end of the investigation, obtained a warrant, Thomas said.
Hagerty, who was assigned to operate the scales and accept money, allegedly deleted transactions from the daily receipts of the transfer station. The money collected from the receipts was also missing.

Thomas wrote in the press release that a Class A Felony Theft “alleges a course of conduct that amounted to theft in excess of $1,500.” The monetary fine for a Class A felony is $4,000 and the sentence is 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison, Thomas said.
Hagerty was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail.