$50,000 in gems, cash stolen

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Laconia Monument Company at 150 Academy St. sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, and 9 a.m. the next morning.

Capt. Matt Canfield said officers found evidence that someone broke into the building and left with a significant amount of cash, jewelry and a .32 caliber handgun. He said that between $3,000 and $4,000 in cash was taken together with jewelry and gemstones with an aggregate value approaching $50,000.

Canfield said that officers have collected evidence and are pursuing the investigation. He urged anyone with information leading the identity and whereabouts of those responsible for burglary and theft to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

– Michael Kitch

Police investigate break-in on Grant Street, find broken windows

LACONIA — Police are investigating a failed attempt to break in to an occupied residence at 21 Grant St. around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

The resident heard glass shattering and immediately called the police. Officers arrived to discover two broken windows, which led them to believe that the suspect entered the house through the basement doors. Before the police arrived, the suspect fled the immediate neighborhood.

The incident remains under investigation and police urge anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the person or persons responsible for the break-in to contact Officer Holly Callanan at the Laconia Police Police Department at 524-5252.

– Michael Kitch

DWI for driver stuck on Holy Trinity lawn

LACONIA — After a silver Saturn sedan was found on the lawn of Holy Trinity School stuck in snow with its wheels still spinning shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Jeremy D. Lapoint, 22, of 1156 N. Main St., Apt. 19, was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail pending his appearance in the Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division on April 6.

Initially police responded to a report of an accident involving three vehicles, but on reaching the scene found only the one car involved. A preliminary investigation indicated that Lapoint was traveling westbound on Church Street then strayed at the intersection with Messer Street, colliding with the stop sign, jumping on to the sidewalk and carrying on to the lawn, where it became mired in snow and mud. Lapoint was not injured.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call Officer Erik Benoit at the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

– Michael Kitch