ALTON — A Gilmanton man was ordered held on $1,500 cash-only bail in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday after his arrest for allegedly burglarizing an unoccupied home in the early morning hours of December 30, 2014.
Brandon Prue, 32, of 6 Old Town Road is charged with one count of burglary, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of theft.
Police affidavits filed with the court said at 4:22 a.m. dispatch at the Belknap County Sheriff's Department sent Alton Police to 1349 Mt. Major Highway for a possible burglary in progress.
The officer saw flashlights moving around in the home and an open front door. Brue and a female came out of the house and told the officer they were there at the request of the owner, who wanted the home boarded up.
When the officer asked why it was so important to secure the house at 4:22 a.m. the woman disregarded his question and said they were checking to see if anyone was inside.
In a separate incident on January 1, dispatch advised police that a man had reported a burglary in progress at the same house. Two officers headed for the house but were advised a vehicle had left the property and was headed east on Mt. Major Highway. Dispatch said it was a 2002 Toyota Tacoma and gave police the plate number.
Police checked the highway and some side roads but were unable to find the truck. The male caller said he followed the truck that he said began making "S" turns on the highway and traveling at speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour.
The caller said a male got out of the passenger side and started to approach his car. After an encounter with the caller, he reported to police that there was something big and red in the rear of the pickup and the truck was loaded with stuff.
Police contacted the owner of the house who said he didn't give permission to anyone to be in the home. After police told him what the caller saw in the back of the truck, the home owners told them that it was probable his tool box that had been in the front yard.
On January 26, police interviewed a second man who said that Prue had asked him for a ride to his own place so he could show him the toolbox that he claimed was his.
Prue was arrested at the Belknap County House of Corrections where he has been since an earlier arrest for a probation violation.
Judge Jim Carroll ordered Prue held on $1,000 cash for the burglary, $500 in cash for the three misdemeanors. Prue was also held on $1,000 cash for the probation violation.
Police said yesterday that the investigation is continuing and additional charges could be forthcoming.
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