Laconia man will not be prosecuted for hunting down & fighting alleged burglar at Court St. store

LACONIA — A Center Street man who chased down an alleged burglar who had been in his home had a single count of disorderly conduct placed "on file" in District Court Tuesday.

Michael Gallos, 36, agreed to pay the Cumberland Farms convenience store on Court Street $99.95 for the sun glass display that got broken during his May 14 scuffle with Matthew Andrews, 25, of Sargent Street in Gilford.

Andrews has since been charged with burglary.

According to police reports at the time, Gallos and his wife were at a local sporting event and his 15-year-old niece was home alone. She had left the door open so her younger brother, who was playing outside, could get into the house while she was in her upstairs bedroom.

The girl heard a noise from the kitchen and thought it was her brother. She told police she came down the stairs to yell at him for making so much noise.

Instead, she came face to face with Andrews who told her he was a friend of her uncle's (Gallos) and had permission to be in the house. Andrews left immediately after offering his explanation.

Gallos and his wife returned home within minutes and when his niece described Andrews to him, Gallos said he knew who he was and tracked him down at the convenience store, where the two fought.

Gallos was originally charged with disorderly conduct, simple assault, criminal threatening and criminal mischief. Laconia Police Prosecutor Jim Sawyer didn't prosecute the assault, the criminal threatening or the criminal mischief charges.

Placing the disorderly conduct charge "on file" for six months means that as long as Gallos has no criminal contact with police for six months the charge will be dropped.

After Tuesday's resolution, Gallos said he was grateful to the police, attorney Ted Barnes, and the court for exonerating him and said he wanted to thank his friends and family for being so supportive.