BELMONT — Local police were in the right place and the right time Thursday when they saw a car, known to be stolen, speed past them on Union Road as they were looking for a wanted person.
Belmont officers pursued the vehicle to Route 3 and up Ladd Hill Road when it went down Diane Drive to Peter Court, and back out onto Ladd Hill Road. The pursuit continued down Ladd Hill Road to Horseshoe Drive, onto Tucker Shore, then onto Nancy Drive where the vehicle was finally stopped.
Nathaniel Moore, 30, whose last known address is Brown Hill Road, in Belmont, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Moore was driving a blue 2000 Buick sedan which had been stolen from a Dupont Road residence on Wednesday, police said.
In addition to the stolen property charge, Moore was also charged with disobeying a police officer, driving after suspension, resisting arrest, and on an unspecified outstanding warrant.
The car was stolen during a home invasion which Belmont police were already investigating.
According to Police Capt. Richard Mann, shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday the homeowner returned to his residence to discover it had been ransacked. A man described as about 6 feet tall, rushed and assaulted the resident striking him several times in the face, and causing a bloody nose. The resident unsuccessfully tried to fend off the intruder.
The assailant took personal property from the victim along with his car keys, and then fled in the car. As soon as police had been notified they broadcast a description of the vehicle and asked area police to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
As it happened, a Belmont police officer was just leaving the Third Circuit Court in Laconia when he spotted the stolen car. He radioed that he had the car in sight and was going to try to follow it until Laconia police could respond to the area, but the driver apparently spotted the marked cruiser and ran a red light, taking off in heavy traffic, at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, Mann said.
The Belmont officer did not pursue the stolen car due to public safety concerns. Local schools had just let out for the day, a number of pedestrians in the area and heavy city traffic were all factors in that decision.
Laconia police immediately began to search for the car.
Belmont police are requesting that anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Belmont Police at 603-267-8350.