Laconia police say Belmont man admitted to stealing & then pawning giant TV to buy drugs

LACONIA — A Belmont man faces new burglary charges stemming from a city police investigation into a January 26 break-in in the Weirs section of town.
Dean LaPlante, 19, of 29 Lamprey Road was taking a 59-inch television and about $50 in cash from an Endicott Street East home while the owner was at work.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said the victim told police he returned home to find his window open, his drapes disheveled and his television and the cash missing.
Police they interviewed LaPlante and he told them he chose the house because he knew the victim was at work. He said he sold the television to a local pawn shop for $50 because he needed the money for drugs.
In February, LaPlante was arrested by Gilford Polcie and charged with stealing cash and jewelry from a Lake Shore Road woman. Affidavits said had been a guest in her home. In the Gilford case, he said he sold the jewelry — that included a Tahitian pearl and gold — to a city pawn shop for $425.
After his appearance yesterday on the new charges, Judge Jim Carroll ordered him held on $5,000 cash unless he could be admitted to a residential drug treatment facility. Carroll also ruled that should LaPlante get into a program, he sign a waiver that allows the state to monitor his presence and that he get secure transport to and from the facility. After he completes a program, his bail will automatically revert to cash.