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Car theft, home burglary arrests made in Belmont

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  • Paul Noyes, 24, was charged with reckless operation and a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He was arrested after crashing a stolen car into a utility pole on Main Street in Belmont on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (BELMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)

  • Paul Noyes, 24, was charged with reckless operation and a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He was arrested after crashing a stolen car into a utility pole on Main Street in Belmont on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (BELMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)

  • Zachary Brown, 34, of Laconia received a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. Brown fled from the home he allegedly robbed and was tracked down by Belmont police dog Vito, who led police to a house off Route 107 and found Brown hiding in the home’s attached garage. (BELMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT / courtesy)


Monitor staff
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Police in Belmont had a busy Thursday apprehending an alleged car thief and, later in the day, a burglar who allegedly broke into a home and stole jewelry and cash.

Paul Noyes, 24, was charged with reckless operation and a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He was arrested after crashing the car into a utility pole on Main Street in Belmont.

Zachary Brown, 34, of Laconia received a felony charge of burglary, and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. Brown fled from the home he allegedly robbed and was tracked down by Belmont police dog Vito, who led police to a house off Route 107 and found Brown hiding in the home’s attached garage.

Police Capt. Richard Mann said the day started with a call reporting a car stolen from the area of Dunkin Donuts off Interstate-93 Exit 20 in Tilton about 10:40 a.m. The caller told police the male driver was heading down Route 140 toward Belmont, and an officer was positioned at the intersection of Main Street and Route 140 to watch for the vehicle, a red 2005 Nissan sedan.

Within a minute of the officer parking his cruiser, the stolen car sped by and a brief chase ensued. Police say Noyes accelerated north on Main Street briefly and then veered into the opposite lane before driving up onto the sidewalk and smashing into an Eversouce utility pole. Police estimate he was driving between 25 and 30 mph upon impact and said there was no oncoming traffic when Noyes crossed the lane.

The car sustained heavy damage and officers provided first aid to Noyes, who was not wearing a seatbelt but avoided severe injury thanks to the car’s airbag, police said.

Police say Noyes is a transient and was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

While they were filling out paperwork on the stolen car, police answered another call from a woman reporting a man had come into her home with a handgun and took off with stolen jewelry and cash.

When police arrived, the woman gave a description of the man and said he fled into the woods. Officers from Belmont, Laconia and Gilmanton coordinated a search of the area and called in a K-9 team.

Vito, the police dog, quickly picked up a scent and led officers north along Route 107 for about an hour before reaching a house and attached garage where Brown was found hiding.

“This was a classic example of how multiple agencies cooperating jointly protect our citizens,” Mann, the Belmont police captain, wrote in a press release. “I am told Vito received a sweet treat for his successful capture.”