Men admitted to police they were trying to steal metal
By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Three local men managed to lock themselves into a storage shed while attempting to steal metals in an alleged burglary at Lakes Region Community College early Monday morning.
Jason Labonville, 21, of 47 Merrimac St., Bradley Cyr, 25, transient, and Shaine Beaulieu, 23, of 21 Gilbert St. were all found hiding inside a storage shed after an alarm alerted police and maintenance staff to a possible break-in.
The three were ordered held on a small amount of cash bail or corporate surety, although by 5 p.m. Beaulieu was the only one who remained in the Belknap County Jail.
Whether by accident or design, all three were wearing camouflage in their mug shots. Police said two of them had headlamps and gloves.
Police said they found a 2016 Volkswagen parked next to the shed. They said it was still warm, one of the doors was open and the keys were in the car.
Police said a maintenance man unlocked the shed and one of the officers saw one man, but when he ordered him to put his hands up, two different hands rose from the opposite side of the shed.
All three surrendered to police and taken to the police station where, according to affidavits, they turned on each other without hesitation.
Police said Cyr told them that Beaulieu picked him and Labonville up around 7:30 p.m. but that he fell asleep and never woke until the car they were in was parked next to the shed. Cyr told police it was Beaulieu's idea to break into the shed and said it was because he needed money to buy his stepchildren some food and himself some cigarettes.
Cyr said Beaulieu used a knife to break into the shed, stood there with a flashlight and told him and Labonville what to take. He also told police that Beaulieu was high on methamphetamine and that he and Labonville were afraid he would become violent if they didn't do what he said, according to the affidavit.
Labonville admitted to police to being the one who pried open the shed. Later Cyr said he told police Beaulieu did the prying and said it was because Beaulieu didn't want Labonville to get in trouble.
Beaulieu initially told police the burglary was Cyr's and Labonville's idea but changed his tune and said it was his and that he had committed about 100 thefts of scrap metal since August of 2016 in communities that ranged from Concord to Plymouth, Meredith to Laconia.
Beaulieu also said he had used methamphetamine within the past 24 hours and that there was two plastic bags of it in the center console of the car. He also said he had piles of scrap metal in his home back yard.
Police said they were in the process of getting search warrants for both the car and Beaulieu's home.
LRCC president Scott Kalicki said Monday that because of some obscene graffiti spray-painted on one of the storage sheds, he hoped none of the three are enrolled at the college. He said that there were small piles of metals within the storage shed that the three had allegedly made.
Kalicki said that while the college was doing some recent construction, there were some thefts of metal from the construction site. He also noted the price of metal is quite low now, compared to where it used to be.
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