Published DateLACONIA — A Main Street man was held on $3,000 cash and $5,000 personal recognizance bail after a video appearance in district court Monday morning for allegedly entering an acquaintance's West Street home and taking a laptop computer Sunday night.
Matthew Andrews, 25, of 613 Main St. is charged with one felony count of burglary and two misdemeanors counts of breach of bail and possession of a controlled drug — marijuana.
Affidavits submitted to court by Laconia Police indicate a woman who lives on West Street reported that she and her boyfriend had gone out to dinner and noticed the laptop was missing upon their return.
While waiting for police, she spoke to one of her neighbors who described seeing a man enter the victim's home. The victim said the description matched Andrews who she said she knew and who had been in her home before.
The neighbor was able to pick Andrews from a photo array lineup at the Police Department.
During the investigation, affidavits indicate police tracked the laptop to a different man who told the investigating officers it came into his possession through Andrews.
Prosecutor Jim Sawyer argued for $5,000 cash only bail, saying Andrews was transient and had connections to Maine. He also said Andrews was on bail from an incident that occurred on May 15 and that he was trying to hide his marijuana when police found him.
Sawyer said Andrews has local convictions for assault from 2006 and 2010 and was convicted of possession of drugs in Ossipee in 2011.
Andrews's Public Defender said Andrews was scheduled to start a job as a painter and was living with a friend on Main Street. He argued Andrews had never failed to appear in court.
Should he post bail, Andrews is ordered to live at 613 Main St. and to stay away from the victim, her boyfriend, the witness, and West Street.