By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — A man who had been staying with a family on Breton Road allegedly broke into a nearby home, stole a safe containing $15,000 cash and bought a motorcycle.
Zackary Gouette, 24, of 15 Frances Court appeared by video yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia District and was ordered held on $20,000 cash-only bail. He is newly charged with four courts of burglary and one count of theft. He was charged on Monday with one count of receiving stolen property and has been incarcerated since his arrest over the weekend.
On Wednesday, Gilford Police Prosecutor Eric Bredbury asked the court for a high cash bail because the burglaries occurred within a short time frame – May 2 through 13 – and that two of them occurred in the nighttime, which, by law, makes it a Class A felony and can carry enhanced penalties.
Public Defender Steve Mirkin asked the court for a corporate surety component for Gouette's bail but Bredbury said that Gouette was already on probation supervision when he allegedly committed the four burglaries, he would like to see cash only.
Presiding Judge Jim Carroll agreed with Bredbury, saying he was significantly concerned for the community at large.
According to police, Gouette first targeted three single-family homes, two of which were on Watson Road and one on Annis Drive. Items reported missing to police were jewelry, documents such as birth certificates and a passport. In two cases he allegedly told police he used hard items to break windows.
On May 13, between the hours of 8:31 and 10:58 p.m., police said Gouette entered a Lake Shore Road house through the bulk head and stole a small but distinct-looking safe that, according to the homeowner, contained $15,000.
On May 14, police said Gouette went to work with new-to-him motorcycle and told his fellow co-workers he bought it for a dollar from a relative. Police were able to find the seller of the motorcycle, who told them he sold it for $10,500.
Police said Gouette has a record dating back to 2011 that primarily includes theft-related charges including a burglary in Carroll County.
"I'm very glad he was apprehended and this puts the general public at some ease," said Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee.. "Kudos to the people who spoke up when they saw something unusual."