Belmont police probe car theft, house burglary Thursday

This car crashed into a utility pole after the driver who allegedly stole it led Tilton and Belmont police on a chase through both towns. The driver is charged with receiving stolen property and reckless operation of a motor vehicle (Belmont Police Dept. Courtesy Photo) 

BELMONT — A car theft and a burglary kept police on the run Thursday.

A report came in at 10:40 a.m. from Tilton police, who said someone had stolen a car from the area of Dunkin' Donuts off Exit 20 on Interstate 93 and was headed toward Belmont via Route 140.

Police said they tried to stop the stolen car, but the motorist accelerated, heading north on Main Street.

The driver veered into oncoming traffic and then along a sidewalk, smashing into a utility pole, officials said.

Paul Noyes, 24, no known address, was charged with felony receiving stolen property and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

A short time later, police said a woman at a Route 107 residence reported a man possibly armed with a handgun was found inside her home and had stolen jewelry and cash.

Officers from Belmont, Laconia and Gilmanton responded and created a perimeter around the neighborhood to search for the burglar, who had left the home.

Belmont officials put out a description.

"Vito," a police K-9, picked up a scent and helped officers an hour later track the suspect to a home off Route 107 near the Laconia line, officials said.

No weapon was found on the suspect, officials said.

Zachary A. Brown, 34, of Laconia, was arrested on a felony burglary charge, along with misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Brown faces a Class A felony burglary charge, along with misdemeanors for criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

"This was a classic example of how multiple agencies cooperating jointly protect our citizens," Belmont Capt. Richard Mann said in a news release.

Noyes and Brown will be arraigned later this month in Belknap County Superior Court.