Concord man out on parole faces burglary charges in Laconia

  • William Lee of Concord was arrested Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, and charged with burglary in Laconia. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Monday, January 29, 2018

A Concord man on parole is accused of breaking into neighboring businesses Sunday night on Province Road in Laconia.

William Lee, 39, was taken into custody at the scene and is charged with two felony counts of burglary.

Police first responded to AKA Tool about 9:44 p.m. after a report of a man who had broke in and then took off running after a witness confronted him. Laconia officers searched the area with assistance from Belmont, Gilford and state police.

Approximately 20 minutes after the initial call, a state trooper spotted the suspect running from the area of New Hampshire Electric Motors, located roughly 40 feet away. Police identified the man as Lee and took him into custody.

While Lee was detained, police said two additional witnesses approached them to say they’d seen the same man inside Electric Motors that night. During a search of Lee’s clothing, police found keys and a credit card that did not belong to him.

Police said Lee, who had waived his Miranda rights, “admitted to taking the credit card and the keys, but stated he was authorized to be at the business.”

While police were processing the arrest, a person at Electric Motors reported finding misplaced items and property damage, including to a toilet that had been pulled from its piping, causing water damage to the bathroom. Police said the misplaced items are the property of AKA Tools.

A backpack belonging to Lee was also found in a vehicle, which belonged to someone else, parked at the scene, police said.

At the time of his arrest, Lee was on parole for a robbery conviction in Cheshire County Superior Court. According to court records, he was convicted of robbing a Keene supermarket, where witnesses said he displayed a handgun and demanded cash from a store clerk.

On Sunday, Lee refused the services of a bail commissioner and was jailed overnight. He was scheduled to face a judge Monday in Belknap County Superior Court.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to contact them at 524-5252.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)