Man accused of burglarizing Gilmanton home on same day he was in court to answer to another charge

GILMANTON — A local man who had appeared in circuit court earlier in the day has been charged with breaking into the home of one of his relative's neighbors.

According to Gilmanton Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, John "Jack" P. Geddis, 23, now of Pine Hill Road in Gilmanton but formerly of Mountain View Terrace in Belmont entered the Foss Road home on November 7 through a sliding glass window.

Records show Geddis had appeared in circuit court in Laconia earlier that same day and had pleaded innocent to drug possession — a charged that stemmed from an arrest on September 18 by the Belmont Police. He had been freed on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.

"I think he still had his court clothes on," said Gilmanton Police Chief Joe Collins, referring to the November 7 burglary.

Affidavits said police were notified by Geddis's uncle who lives next door to the victim's home and who said he saw his nephew go into the house. He said he tried to approach Geddis but said he fled into the woods.

Collins's court affidavit said he interviewed the homeowner and learned some money (about $80) was missing from one of her bedrooms. She also told him Geddis didn't have permission to be in her house.

After his appearance in circuit court on November 12 for the most recent burglary, Judge Jim Carroll ordered him held on $10,000 cash-only bail. As of last night, Geddis is still incarcerated in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

The Daily Sun has learned that Geddis also allegedly broke into his uncle's Foss road home on September 14 and stole money.

He was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury last week for one count each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking for the September 14 allegation. The indictment said the amount stolen was greater than $1,500.

Geddis is scheduled for arraignment in the Belknap County Superior Court on Thursday.