By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — A local man who police say is transient is being held on $1,000 cash-only bail for one count of receiving stolen property.
Gilford Police said Monday that Zachary Gouette, whose last known official address was in Meredith, is also a suspect in three additional home burglaries this month that are within a quarter mile of the home where he was staying on 12 Breton Road.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, said police received a call from a homeowner at 10:58 p.m. Friday reporting that he had some items stolen from a home on Lake Shore Road near where Gouette was staying with friends. A police dog traced the scent back to 12 Breton Road.
Police were approached on Saturday morning by a woman who lives nearby and who told them her daughter had been letting Gouette stay with them. She and her daughter told them they found some things in the house that didn't belong to them, one of which was a small bank-like cash register that had been reported stolen as the most recent burglary.
They also told police that they hadn't been sleeping in the home for a few days because there was no electricity and that on the night of May 13, Gouette told them he was staying at the Landmark. They told police this was weird because he told them he didn't have any money.
Affidavits said they were able to recover some information from a cell phone belonging to one of the women that Gouette was using and, along with other physical evidence, arrested Gouette on Saturday in Laconia while he was working.
Police said they expect to charge Gouette with three additional burglaries that took place on May 2, 6 and 7.
During his video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia District, Gilford Prosecutor Eric Bredbury said Gouette is on probation and is being held on a temporary hold. He asked for $2,000 cash bail.
Public Defender Justin Littlefield said Gouette has tested negative for any drugs during his probation time, said he has a job in a restaurant in Laconia, and should be released on personal recognizance bail with any restrictive conditions the court decided he needed.
Judge Michael Garner ordered Gouette held on $1,000 cash bail. He said no to Bredbury's request for a source-of-funds hearing.
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