By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN
Law enforcement officers from several agencies and departments combed Sandwich on Sunday and succeeded in finding three people sought in connection with a reported theft that occurred that morning in Moultonborough.
Moultonborough Police Sergeant Jason Boucher said that the events of the day began with a report of a crime that occurred on Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Center Harbor Christian Church. That incident remains under investigation, and he was unable on Monday afternoon to provide a detailed account of the alleged crime. For example, he was unable to confirm initial reports that a weapon was used during the incident. However, he was able to confirm a couple of details.
“It was definitely a theft, there was definitely a vehicle used without consent of the owner, and they fled the scene,” said Boucher.
The theft was reported at 10:12 a.m., and shortly thereafter a be-on-the-lookout call was issued for a Chevy Trailblazer with three people inside.
Sgt. Shawn Varney with the Sandwich Police Department said he was driving down Wentworth Hill Road and saw the vehicle shortly after he heard the BOLO. He passed a vehicle fitting the description, and when he turned around to follow the SUV, it took off at a high rate of speed, headed toward Moultonborough on Route 109.
Because the road was still wet, Varney could see the tracks the vehicle left when it turned onto School House Road, a road which is currently a dead end, thanks to a closed bridge. With that in mind, Varney called for backup from neighboring towns, and found the vehicle abandoned at the closed bridge. At the vehicle, he found materials he suspects to be illegal drugs.
Searching the nearby area, Varney found Zackarie Brown, 18 of Franklin and 22-year-old Kiersten Gadwah of Penacook in a two-story outbuilding. He said he and another officer were able to smell “freshly burned marijuana” as soon as they entered the building. Brown has been charged with criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. Gadwah will face the charge of criminal trespass. The two were taken into custody at 11:55 a.m.
It took several more hours of searching to find the third member of the getaway party. Varney had put a post on Facebook, letting the public know that they were looking for an individual in the area, and a townsperson reported seeing a man walking inside the tree line along Route 109. The man was acting suspiciously, carrying three cell phones. Varney caught up with Sean Ipock-Gauthier, 18, of Pittsfield at 3:58 p.m. He has been charged with disobeying an officer, transporting drugs in a motor vehicle, criminal trespass, driving after suspension and reckless driving.
Ipock-Gauthier and Brown were brought to Carroll County Jail, where they posted bail. Gadwah, who had outstanding warrants from Grafton County, was transported to Grafton County Jail, said Varney. The trio are scheduled to be arraigned for their charges relating to their activities in Sandwich on July 20 in the 3rd Circuit District Court in Ossipee.
In the meantime, they should expect further charges stemming from the initial incident in Moultonborough, said Boucher, once that investigation is complete.
Sandwich and Moultonborough police departments were aided by Meredith and Tuftonboro police, State Police, the Ossipee Police K-9 unit, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.
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