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Teacher accused of putting child in a game machine to steal prices turns himself in, placed on leave

Anthony Helinski, 34, was picked up after himself in to the police for using a toddler to steal prizes from the inside of a toy vending machine game in a shopping mall in Salem, N. H. last week.

(Salem Police department via AP)

A Massachusetts teacher was on leave this week after turning himself over to the police in New Hampshire, allegedly for his toddler in a game machine in a mall to steal the money.

Anthony Helinski, 34, surrendered to police five days after the witnesses in the Mall at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire recorded video of a man encouraging a girl using a toy while he was in a KeyMaster game, New England Cable News reported.

The video shows a different child cried, “Yes, it worked,” if the girl is going to the prices of the machine, according to the Boston news station WCVB-TV. The young girl is later seen poking her head out of the machine for sliding.

The police received several tips after releasing the video and issued an arrest warrant for Helinski on Wednesday, Boston station WFXT-TV reported. The police said Helinskiimmediately gave with his lawyer.

Helinski, a high school teacher, was placed on leave pending an investigation, the Andover Public Schools district said in a statement obtained by the station.

“One of our teachers at Doherty High School was involved in an incident in Salem, N. H., last week. Andover Public Schools is fully cooperating with the authorities,” a district spokeswoman said. “The teacher is placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.”

Helinski, of Lawrence, Mass., faces three counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

He was released with an arraignment hearing is scheduled for October. 29.

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