Laconia man arrested in connection with alleged Belmont burglary

BELMONT — A Laconia man was held in jail on $200 cash and $10,000 personal recognizance bail yesterday after allegedly committing a burglary on Randlett Street in August.

Casey Burke, 24, of Union Avenue was arrested over the weekend by Gilford Police who apprehended him on Old Lake Shore Road. Gilford Police have charged him with operating after suspension and resisting arrest for allegedly giving the officer a fake name and address.

According to affidavits submitted by Belmont Police, Burke was one of two men who forced their way into a Randlett Street home at 9:23 p.m. on August 19 and assaulted a guest of the homeowner.

The guest was apparently the new boyfriend of the woman who lived in the home. The man who accompanied Burke was apparently the woman's former boyfriend.

Belmont Police had issued a warrant for his arrest.

Belmont's prosecutor wanted Burke held on $5,000 cash bail because he knew about the arrest warrant and didn't turn himself in.

Burke's lawyer argued he should be released on personal cash bail because he cares for his girlfriend who is five months pregnant with what was described as a high-risk pregnancy that had caused her to be hospitalized. She also argued that the crime was five months ago.

Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division Judge Jim Carroll agreed that Burke has never failed to show up in court and agreed he could be released if he posted $200 cash.