By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belmont man is in hot water with three separate police departments for a string of alleged crimes that occurred over the past 60 days and that include possession of narcotics with the intent to sell them, shoplifting and resisting arrest.
According to paperwork obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Joshua Levesque, 27, of 12 Country Side Circle, first ran into trouble when on March 31 and April 1 he allegedly misrepresented a computer code to pay less for some things he was purchasing at Walmart in Gilford.
Laconia Police charged him with two Class B felony thefts because Levesque has an extensive criminal record and the new charges would be repeat offenses. He was released on $200 cash.
On or about April 30 at 3:30 a.m., court documents said Levesque was driving on Union Road in Belmont when an on duty officer clocked him for speeding. He recognized Levesque as someone who the Tilton Police were seeking for multiple crimes. The charges from Tilton stemmed from an incident at Walmart.
The officer said Levesque was very reluctant to get out of his car and kept making furtive moves toward a pocket in his jacket. As police were removing him from the car, he put up a brief struggle with the Belmont officer as well as other responding police from Northfield and Laconia. Levesque was taken to Tilton by the Northfield officer but not before police noticed two $50 bills, a needle cap, and a bag of rubber bands mixed in with some debris that fell from front seat of his car.
After getting him under arrest, Levesque's car began to roll backwards toward the officer's cruiser as he had left it in gear. When the Belmont officer reached in to grab the hand brake, he saw a second needle cap near the shift handle.
Police towed the car to the Belmont Police Station, sealed it and, applied for a search warrant. Later that afternoon, police obtained a search warrant from a judge in Claremont. In a backpack, police found a locked box that contained methamphetamine, marijuana, Suboxone strips and nine pills of alprazolam.
Police also found a ledger with multiple entries in the back seat of the car, a total of $2,043 in cash, two empty bags with white residue, two capped needles and a black mobile phone, which police said registered 33 new text messages and 17 missed calls.
On May 14 at 4 p.m., Belmont Police received a look out alert for Levesque because he had allegedly fled from Gilford's Walmart after a theft.
Police spotted his car on Brown Hill Road headed toward Route 107 but as they responded, they noticed the car on the side of the road. Belmont, Gilmanton and the New Hampshire State Police formed a perimeter around the area after a resident reported a suspicious man had just run through his yard.
Two Belmont officers spotted him and he allegedly ran from them, for which he was charged with resisting arrest.
Prosecutors from Laconia and Belmont argued for high cash bail because Levesque has convictions from 2010 for burglary and felony level theft. Judge Michael Garner set bail at a total of $3,000 cash only.
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