Young man alleged to have stolen 75 car batteries

BELMONT — Two local men are facing receiving stolen property charges for allegedly participating in the theft of 75 car batteries from MetroCast Cablevision early yesterday morning.

Police said Dean LaPlante, 20, of 129 Lamprey Road and Stephen Cote, 31, of 62 Randlett Street are charged with one count each of receiving stolen property and one count each of breach of bail.

LaPlante is being held on $2,000 cash bail after an appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning and Cote was released on personal recognizance bail after his arrest.

Affidavits obtained from court said a Randlett Street woman called police at 1 a.m. and reported she heard some loud banging outside her window. She described a truck to police. When they arrived they pulled over a pickup in front of 62 Randlett St. the two were in it.

Police noticed LaPlante was very sweaty, "like he had just been running or doing some physical labor." When they questioned him about it, he said he had been out for a run.

The officer questioned the late hours and the report of banging and a pickup from the neighbor and asked LaPlante to get out of the car so they could search him for weapons. None were found but police said he was "shaking like he was nervous".

Police spoke with Cote and he allegedly told them LaPlante had come to his house looking for a place to put "a bunch of batteries from MetroCast" that he couldn't bring to his grandfather's house.

Police estimate the batteries are worth about $12 a piece.

LaPlante was on bail for allegedly stealing between $1,000 and $1,500 in cash and some jewelry items stolen from an acquaintance's home. He was charged in February of 2013.