St. Vincent de Paul burglarized over weekend

LACONIA – Police are investigating a burglary at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul that was reported to them at 10:03 a.m. on Saturday.

Police Capt. Matt Canfield said somebody or some people broke into the building through a window and were able to access the safe. He said a "significant amount of money" was stolen.

"This is pretty much a cheap shot against an agency that does so much to help the people of Laconia and the surrounding communities," Canfield said, noting that this time of the year is when many people depend on St. Vincent's and other charitable agencies to help during the holidays.

He said that anyone with any information is urged to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line, which is anonymous, at 524-1717.

The Christian organization works to provide assistance to those in need in the Lakes Region through its thrift store, food pantry, The Children's Foundation and other programs.

The Daily Sun was unable to reach anyone affiliated with St. Vincent de Paul yesterday.

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Woman charged with burglary at Penguin Mart

BELMONT – Police arrested a local woman at 2:42 a.m. Sunday morning after a police were dispatched to Penguin Mart at 916 Laconia Road.

Kelly Ellis, 34, of Laconia Road is charged with one count of burglary and three counts of criminal mischief.

The call came from a newspaper delivery person who saw that one of the windows in the front door was broken and there was at least one person inside.

Responding officers from Belmont, Sanbornton, Tilton and Northfield found Ellis inside the store and she was taken into custody without further incident.

Ellis was scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning, however, for reasons unknown to The Laconia Daily Sun, she was unable to appear. As of 2 p.m. Monda,y she was scheduled to appear by video at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Ellis is being held on $5,000 cash-only bail.

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Threat puts Winnisquam schools into soft lockdown

TILTON – Winnisquam Regional High and Middle Schools spent yesterday in a soft lockdown after a "vague threat" was received at 8:15 a.m. via an unidentified Internet source.
A memorandum posted on the school district website said students were confined to their classrooms for most of the morning while police investigated.
At noon, the school day returned to normal after police determined the threat was not credible. At 2:10 p.m., school officials said police had identified the individual who made the threat and assured the district that no one was in any danger.

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