Police: Man wrangled in forest after driving stolen truck cross-country

  • Christopher Benson, 39, is a transient with a last known address in Concord, police said. MCourtesy—

Published: 2/3/2017 6:04:43 PM


Monitor staff

Police say a former Concord man stole a 2016 truck and made a cross-country getaway, apparently without knowing it was equipped with technology that pointed police to its exact location.

Officers from five departments encircled the Belmont town forest Thursday afternoon to wrangle the transient fugitive who tried to run away after police tracked him down, they said.

The man, 39-year-old Christopher Benson, is accused of stealing a 2016 Chevy Colorado in a Wisconsin burglary and driving it 1,000 miles to a home on Route 106 in Belmont.

The Wisconsin homeowners didn’t realize their truck was stolen until Benson had driven all the way to New Hampshire, Belmont police said in a press release issued Friday. But when it was reported stolen, the onboard technology, OnStar, “had a live video feed showing the truck parked next to a residence at 730 Laconia Road in Belmont,” police said.

After being notified about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Belmont officers arrived at the home and noticed the man run away into the town forest. The Franklin department’s K-9 team, as well as officers from Laconia, Sanbornton and Gilmanton, set a perimiter around the forest.

Flushed out by the dog, the man ran toward the south end of the forest, police said.

“The fleeing man was taken into custody after he unsuccessfully tried to out run a Gilmanton police officer,” Belmont police wrote in their release.

Benson, who had the keys to the truck with him, was charged with resisting arrest and receiving stolen property, police said. He’ll be held at Belknap County jail pending his arraignment at superior court, police said.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @NickBReid.)

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