Pickup stolen from Laconia company later abandoned in lot of Tilton store

LACONIA — Police are investigating the Saturday night/Sunday morning theft of a pickup that is owned by a local business.
The truck was recovered in the Fireworks of Tilton parking lot early Sunday morning by a Tilton Police officer who was on routine patrol and thought the truck parked by itself was unusual.
The officer ran the plate and learned it was registered to Laconia Ice Company.
When Laconia and Tilton Police contacted the driver of the truck after it was recovered was when the victim first learned it had been stolen.
Tilton Police said Monday that they don't know why the truck was stolen from Laconia and dumped the same night in Tilton but said there have been incidents of vehicles being stolen and used to commit thefts and burglaries in the general area.
Laconia Police confirmed yesterday the truck was stolen and said the driver's door and the ignition switch had been tampered with. The investigating officers estimated the damage to be about $1,000.
Belmont Police confirmed yesterday there has been one theft of a motor from a boat at the Winnisquam Boat Storage and another call reporting a suspicious person in the area.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252, the Belmont Police at 267-8350 or the Tilton Police at 286-4442. People can also call the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.