Woman allegedly steals bike and car


LACONIA — A transient woman is accused of stealing a bicycle and a car, but police said they still have no real motive for the alleged crimes.

Allison Wormstead, 23, is charged with theft without owner's consent, theft by unauthorized taking, theft of mislaid property and resisting arrest, which are all misdemeanors.

Police said they received a report of a vehicle stolen from the street in front of 10 Pleasant St. After getting the report, another officer saw the vehicle in front of 342 Union Ave.

Meanwhile, another officer was taking a report of a bicycle stolen from Walgreens. Police said they had reason to think Wormstead was involved in both incident.

Preliminarily, it appears Wormstead allegedly took the bicycle, rode it to Pleasant Street, allegedly stole the car which was unlocked and had the keys on the console, and then drove to Union Avenue where she abandoned the bicycle.

She allegedly tried to run from police while on Union Avenue.

Wormstead refused bail and is being held until she can appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Wednesday.

Capt. Matt Canfield said that at this point she was not charged with any felonies because the state statute reads that for a felony charge, the theft of an automobile must include a component of trying to permanently deprive the owner of it. He said the car didn't appear to be damaged.

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Meredith man indicted for ‘sexting’ teen

LACONIA — A 34-year old Meredith man who allegedly used his computer to solicit a teenager to commit sex acts for his visual pleasure has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury.

Jacob Heal, of or formerly of 102 Plymouth St. faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child for having a 15-year-old allegedly send him a video of himself, and three counts of prohibited uses of computer services.

Indictments allege that Heal used the computer application "Wickr" twice and Facebook once to contact his victim.

According to an 2012 article in Forbes Magazine by Andy Greenberg, Wickr is a free application launched in that year for iPhones and "aims to encrypt text, picture and video messages to prevent their interception by men-in-the middle."

The app is designed to delete messages, supposedly leaving no trace for forensic investigators, wrote Greenberg.

When contacted, Meredith Police declined to comment.

– Gail Ober

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Man who hit bicyclist downtown sentenced

LACONIA — The man who struck a bicyclist on Sept. 10 and fled the scene was sentenced Monday to serve 2 to 4 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for driving after being deemed an habitual offender.

Juan Padua, 54, of 47 Merrimac St. was also sentenced to serve 3 to 6 years in prison for leaving the scene of the personal injury accident. All of that sentence is suspended for good behavior but can be imposed should he fail to be of good behavior.

Padua drove a car on Fair Street at the intersection of Court Street and struck a man on a bicycle during the afternoon. He was identified by two people who knew him.

Franklin Police arrested Padua on Sept. 20.

– Gail Ober

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