Burglary arrest made after girl friend fails to buy 'can't find the hamburger' story

LACONIA — A city man has been charged with one count of burglary for allegedly breaking into his employer's workplace and taking some radios and a Dewalt Sawzall because he believed his employer had shorted his previous paycheck by $60.

David R. Nelson, 25, whose former address is on North Main Street, is also charged with two counts of possession of narcotics for having small amounts of non-prescribed oxycodone and suboxine on him when he was arrested.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, police were first notified of the burglary by a different employee.

The employee said he learned about the burglary from a woman who is one of Nelson's friends and reported it to his boss, who then returned to his shop and noticed the side door had been jimmied.

Police interviewed Nelson's friend, who said Nelson told her he was riding his bicycle to Vista and left her apartment around 6 p.m. on October 8. She said she thought it was weird that he wasn't back by 6:30 p.m. She told police she spoke to him on the phone and that he said he was in Vista but couldn't find the hamburger.

She said he returned to her apartment at 7 p.m. and allegedly told her what he had done and why. She told police Nelson allegedly had the stolen items in his backpack.

The woman told police Nelson was wearing a red sweatshirt and a Captain Morgan cap and was carrying a camouflage backpack when he left the house. She told police when he told her what he had allegedly done, she became angry and "kicked him out of the house."

A man who lives near the shop also told police he had seen a man wearing the same clothing ride up to the shop around 6:30 p.m.

While police were interviewing the shop owner, one officer got a call from the woman who said Nelson had called to tell her he was on his way over to her apartment to get the tools so he could allegedly "hide them in a friend's garage."

A police officer detained Nelson as he was leaving the woman's apartment. He was still wearing the same clothing. She told police that she didn't want Nelson there any more.

In court yesterday, the city prosecutor argued that Nelson had no known ties to Laconia and was wanted on a non-extraditable warrant from Florida. He asked for $10,000 cash-only bail. He noted that Nelson has an extensive criminal record that includes four previous burglary convictions and a felon in possession of a deadly weapon for which he got a 25-year suspended sentence.

Nelson's attorney requested $2,000 cash bail saying he it wasn't a residential burglary and saying he would live in Gilford with one of his friends.

Judge Jim Carroll set Nelson's bail at $7,500 cash.