By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Four people are each being held on $5,000 cash-only bail for their alleged role in an home invasion and armed robbery at 125 Livingston Road on March 6 at 4:20 a.m.
Keith Renaud, 40, whose last known address was 72 Chestnut St. in Franklin, is charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another. Lt. Keith True said Monday Renaud was arrested on a warrant while he was incarcerated in the Merrimack County House of Corrections on a separate issue.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, said Renaud appears to be the ringleader and allegedly sat on the victim's couch and ordered the other three alleged participants, Robert Estes II, 27, of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin, Meghan Tighe, 22, also of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin, and Tyler Best, 37, of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin to commit the crime.
True said Franklin Police picked up Tighe and Best while Estes turned himself in to the Tilton Police.
Affidavits said Best pulled the female victim from her bed and smashed her in the head with the butt end of a handgun. She was able to describe him by a tattoo she drew for police that was later identified as one on Best's left forearm. A second man who was a guest in the hone also said he was hit with a metal pipe and a baseball helmet by a darker skinned man. A third man in the home was also threatened with a metal pipe.
Police said Estes, while armed with a metal pipe and a handgun, was present at the armed robbery, while Tighe was allegedly going around the residence stealing items at the direction of Renaud. Tighe and Renaud are each charged with one count of criminal liability for the conduct of another.
Affidavits said police were called to the home shortly after 4:20 a.m. and alleged victims identified Best, Tighe and Estes as people who had been there earlier because they recognized the clothing they were wearing when they came back.The female victim was able to pick identify Renaud by a photo.
Numerous items were stolen from the home, including but not limited to electronics, a wallet with credit and debit cards, a PS 4 with game controllers, a cell phone and other items.
On March 11, police said an anonymous female caller notified the Meredith Police that she overheard the four of them "bragging" about what they had done and their comments included statement about assaulting people and stealing several things.
The information told police that Renaud allegedly talked about sitting on the couch and ordering everyone around.
Meredith Police obtained a search warrant for the Franklin home and learned that Renaud and Best had just kicked Estes and Tighe out of the house. During a search of the home, police found a debit card belonging to the female victim in Best's bedroom and in an outside shed the found a green shirt with four other cards belonging to the female victim as well.
In court Monday, Tighe, Best, and Estes were not represented by an attorney, as the Public Defenders Office is representing Renaud. Best told the judge he couldn't afford the bail, as did Tighe, who said she only wanted to get out and work and would return to jail at night and on her days off. Estes said nothing.
Probable cause and bail hearings will be held for all three on Monday, March 28.
Police continue to investigate and said additional charged could be forthcoming.