Tilton police find alleged burglar hiding under a bed

TILTON — Police are crediting an "Alert Tilton" system with helping them apprehend an alleged burglar Thursday afternoon.

Johnathon M. Couturier, 28, Elkins St. in Franklin is charged with one count of burglary. He was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail after appearing by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning.

Police Chief Robert Cormier said a resident of a west Tilton neighborhood called police at 1 p.m. Thursday to report a suspicious male dressed all in black. He told police the man had just walked out of 3 Hemlock Road and had walked onto the Northbrook Road.

The responding officer said he saw fresh footprints leading around a house on Northbrook Road. He said the footprints in the freshly fallen snow went into the rear of the house but didn't come back to the road. The rear door was open.

There were no tire tracks in the driveway and a Belknap County Sheriff who lives nearby told police that when the owner is home there is a car in the driveway.

The officer called for additional police officers and they surrounded the house. They attempted to make contact with the suspect verbally but when they were unsuccessful, police went into the home and found Couturier hiding under the bed on one of the bedrooms.

The owner of the home said Couturier didn't have permission to be in the house.

Cormier said he was taken into custody without further incident and later admitted to a second burglary that day at 3 Hemlock Road.

This is the sixth burglary in the neighborhood in the past two weeks. Cormier said the four burglaries that occurred last week are still under investigation.

For now, he said Couturier is charged with one count of burglary. He said the investigation continues and additional charges and arrests could be forthcoming.

Cormier said people who are interested in the "Tilton Alert" system can go to the Tilton Police Department Website and enroll.

Anyone who has information about the four burglaries from two weeks ago is asked to call the Tilton Police at 286-4442 or go to the Tilton Police tip line at 855-286-6565.