Young man wanted for theft turns himself in

LACONIA — Police arrested Justin Mitza, 19, of 28 Spring St. on Wednesday and charged him with one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

Mitza came to the Police Department on his own after being informed officers wanted to talk to him about some recent car and outbuilding thefts.

Police said Mitza admitted driving the car involved in the thefts and participating in them.

He was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.


Lakeport area thefts being investigated

LACONIA — City police are asking for the public's help in solving a number of thefts from automobiles and outbuildings in the Lakeport area.

To date police said five residents have reported someone has rummaged through their vehicles and two residents reported some one has rummaged through their garages.

Police have spoken with area residents and have seen signs of suspicious behavior but have been unable to locate any other victims.

Det. Sgt. Thomas Swett said a number of leads are being investigated and at least one arrest could be forthcoming.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Gilford Police joins push to encourage firearm sefety

GILFORD — Police are joining an initiative to help the public become educated on how to store firearms properly inside one's home.

To this end, Gilford residents who own firearms are able to get a free gun safety kits while supplies last from the dispatcher at the Gilford Police Department. Each family can get two free kits.

The "Own It? Respect It. Secure It." initiative, said Chief Anthony Bean Burpee was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is built on the foundation's long-standing commitment to safety.

"Through the ORS Initiative, we want to reach as many people as possible with this message to encourage safe and responsible firearm safety and storage," said Bean Burpee. "Our goal is to make proper firearm storage as second nature as keeping medicine in child-resistant containers."

Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36-million free firearms safety kits to gun owners through partnerships with law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.

Alleged shoplifter said to have wrecked car after fleeing store

LACONIA — A local man allegedly made a bad situation worse when he took his friend's car and crashed it on White Oaks Road Wednesday afternoon after being caught shoplifting at Walmart.

Police affidavits and complaints obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Nicholas Perriera, 28, of 10 Arch St. put some fishing lures in his girlfriend's pocketbook while he was with her at the store.

When confronted, Perriera allegedly grabbed the car keys from his girlfriend and left the store and the parking lot in her 2007 Ford Fusion. His girlfriend told police Perriera didn't have permission to take her car.

When he reached the area around 334 White Oaks Road he lost control of the vehicle, crashed and fled on foot. Police said he told someone who witnessed the crash that he didn't have a license.

Police arrived a found a heavily damage car and no driver.

With the assistance of a K-9 from Gilford Police, Perriera was located by police and placed into custody without further incident.

Affidavits said that between 2006 and 2014 Perriera was convicted in California on 10 felonies including assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of second degree burglary, three counts of taking a vehicle without consent, escape from jail and possession of a controlled substance while in jail.

He has other charges listed on his juvenile record.

For his actions Wednesday, Perriera is charged with one count of driving without a license, one count of taking a vehicle without consent, conduct after an accident, willful concealment, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.