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Claremont woman dumps boyfriend's car in Conn. River, goes on shopping spree with his credit cards, say police

Union Leader Correspondent

September 24. 2018 4:25PM

CLAREMONT — A local woman who allegedly stole her boyfriend’s car and sank it in the Connecticut River is being sought on felony charges.

Erica Belknap Morris, 30, of Claremont, is being sought on warrants charging her with theft, credit card fraud and criminal mischief, said Claremont Police Det. Colby Casey.

“These are active felony warrants,” he said.

Belknap Morris allegedly stole a 2010 Acura sedan belonging to her boyfriend in the early morning hours of Sept. 15 and drove it into the Connecticut River off the Claremont boat ramp. She then went on a shopping spree using the man’s credit cards, Casey said.

The car in the water caused major concern a few hours later when fishermen spotted it under the waves and called police. With the possibility that someone was trapped in the car, Claremont scrambled for help through mutual aid.

Dive teams called in from Walpole and Swanzey soon determined there was no one in the car.

The car appeared to have been in the river for hours by the time police got to the scene, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said.

The river and the area around the boat landing were searched in case there were casualties from an accident, but no one was found, Chase said.

After getting the car out of the water police located the owner and the full story came into focus. While the exact details are not yet public, police allege revenge as the motive for the car sinking.

Casey said anyone with information about Belknap Morris’s whereabouts can call police at 603-542-7010. Casey said callers providing information can remain anonymous.

“We just want the information,” he said.

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