Published DateGILMANTON — One of three people arrested by police for his role in a burglary ring that was responsible for targeting homes in Gilmanton and Laconia has been sentenced to 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
Jamie Peterson, 26, formerly of 31 Allens Mill Road pleaded guilty this week in Merrimack County Superior Court to one count of burglary, one count of changing the markings on a gun, and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary.
He will serve 12 months in the county jail in Laconia and is credited with 87 days of pre-trial confinement. On the conspiracy to commit burglary charge he was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison — all suspended pending seven years of good behavior.
For altering the markings on a weapon, he was sentenced to 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections — suspended pending his good behavior.
Peterson was one of three people who were arrested by Gilmanton Police after a Labor Day weekend surveillance of the house where Peterson, Jacqueline Oliver, 25, of 31 Allens Mill Road and Daniel Roberts, 21, of 31 Allens Mill Road.
Chief Joe Collins began the investigation after being informed of a burglary in Gilmanton in which numerous guns were stolen. He noticed the sliding glass doors had been pried open and after calling Belmont police who sent two detective, they found sneaker prints.
While investigating that burglary, Collins got a second call from a nearby home reporting a burglary where the owner reported a number of power tools were taken. Police determined the sneaker tracks were similar to those from the first burglary.
After further investigation, police determined the burglaries were stemming from 31 Allens Mill Road and watched the home until one of his officers saw a man carrying a shot gun and legging a television into the home.
Police applied for a got a search warrant. Working with the Belknap County Special Operations Group, police surrounded the home, raiding it after the two minor children inside had gotten onto the school bus.
Police recovered 17 shot guns and a number of items of jewelry and tools. Because Roberts allegedly linked the burglaries to those in Laconia, Sanbornton and Belmont, police from all four communities worked together to solve the crimes.
According to Collins, Oliver is scheduled for a plea and sentencing in Carroll County Superior court and Roberts is scheduled to appear in Merrimack County Superior Court on May 7.