Grand jury returns indictment against alleged bank robber

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted the man who allegedly robbed the main branch of Bank of New Hampshire at gunpoint on January 3.
Jonathan Ellinger, 43, whose was a transient, was caught by police three-and-a-half hours after allegedly robbing Pleasant Street bank on a Friday at 3:24 p.m. of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Ellinger allegedly approached a teller and demanded money and then fled on foot. A surveillance camera released to the media pictured him leaving through the doorway off Pleasant Street.
Police did not specify what kind of weapon he was carrying or claimed to be carrying.
The bank was closed immediately after the incident as detectives and officers, with the assistance of Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin, mounted an investigation and search for Ellinger who was arrested by 7 p.m. that same night.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt or innocence. It is a statement by an independent grand jury that the state has presented enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial.