Winner's Circle Auto (Courtesy Tilton Police)
Winner’s Circle Auto relieved when police find stolen equipment within hours
By GINGER KOZLOWSKI, LACONIA DAILY SUN
TILTON — Winner's Circle Auto had one heck of a day Wednesday.
Tools, inspection stickers, 20-day plates, expensive diagnostics equipment and a new four-wheeler, worth approximately $40,000, were discovered to be missing yesterday morning at the auto sales business at 472 W. Main St., but thanks to cooperation between Tilton and Northfield police, the business got almost everything back within hours.
"The police department was awesome," said Mark Barton, comptroller for Winner's Circle Auto. "It was amazing. They did a great job."
Barton said whoever broke into the business did so overnight, and had to have been there at least two hours.
The business called police at 9 a.m., and while Tilton police were investigating, Northfield Police contacted them to report that they had received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Susan Lane. Northfield Police Chief John Raffaelly noticed the suspicious truck had a large amount of tools and a four-wheeler in the bed of the truck.
Northfield Police stopped the driver, Scott Angers of Tilton, and found he had five outstanding arrest warrants and a suspended license, according to a Tilton Police Department press release. The vehicle was not registered and the plates did not belong on it. The driver was then arrested and the vehicle taken brought back to the Northfield Police Department.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Northfield officers noticed there were some papers in the vehicle with the name of Winner's Circle Auto in Tilton on them, according to the press release. They contacted Tilton Police and the calls between the suspicious vehicle in Northfield and the burglary in Tilton began to connect. Once back at Northfield, Tilton Police detectives and Northfield Police identified everything in the truck as the items that were stolen from Winner's Circle Auto.
"It was a great job by the Northfield Police Chief and the follow up by Tilton Police Detectives," said Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier in the press release. "Their investigation on two totally unrelated calls coming together made a huge difference in this major theft case. We were able to bring it to a close within hours of occurring. Also, the loss of all the expensive tools and diagnostic equipment for this small auto business essentially left them crippled and unable to open for business today. The owners were very relieved and appreciative of everyone's help from both agencies."
Scott Angers, 21, of 342 Lancaster Hill Road, Tilton, was arrested for five outstanding electronic bench warrants, from Franklin and Meredith. He will be held at Merrimack County Jail on cash bail until his arraignment in Franklin District Court Thursday.
Tilton Police detectives plan to seek felony grand jury indictments for Angers in Laconia Superior Court for the burglary and theft against Angers.