Jewelry found, but no arrest
Weare man wanted for recent break-ins
BENNINGTON — During a trip to Manchester on Nov. 26 , Police Chief Steve Campbell recovered some stolen jewelry that was recently sold to a pawn shop there, and was identified to have come from one of the recent home burglaries in Bennington. The chief’s search for the burglary suspect, Adam Belleville of Weare, however, was unsuccessful. But local police are feeling confident with multiple warrants out for Belleville’s arrest circulating.
In an interview with Campbell on Monday, he said Belleville has yet to be found. In an interview with police a few weeks ago, Belleville allegedly confessed to committing three burglaries in Bennington in November, and Campbell said he let him go because he was not feeling confident about arresting him at that time. Campbell said he, Manchester police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were out looking for Belleville on Nov. 26 because Belleville did not show up for a scheduled arraignment and bail hearing that day in Manchester. According to published reports, Belleville was arrested for attempting to rob a Home Depot in Manchester in October..
Court officials confirmed Monday that Belleville did not show up for his arraignment and bail hearing, scheduled for Nov. 26 at the 9th Circuit Court, Manchester, for a felony charge of robbery in Manchester. Court officials also confirmed that Belleville is in fact from Weare.
Throughout the fall, Bennington had a number of burglaries and thefts reported, and Campbell identified a suspect, Belleville, on Nov. 14 when a Route 202 resident called the police to report a suspicious man at his neighbor’s front door. Police discovered the suspicious man was Belleville, who later that day allegedly confessed to recent burglaries in Bennington. Campbell said the stolen property was jewelry, and Campbell has found a lot of jewelry, but he said Monday there’s still some jewelry missing. Campbell said it’s hard to know the total worth of all the stolen jewelry because some of it is considered priceless, since these items have been passed down through families for years, and some include diamonds. Campbell is feeling stronger about this case, since he was able to find more stolen jewelry that has been identified by Bennington burglary victims.
“I have a lot more of hard evidence on him now; it’s a much stronger case,” Campbell said.
Before his trip to Manchester, Campbell discovered some of the missing jewelry had turned up at a pawn shop in Manchester, and he retrieved it while he was there. Campbell would not talk about the jewelry retrieved, however. While investigating other pawn shops in Manchester, he found more jewelry that matched the description of what was stolen, and residents from several burglarized homes were able to identify the jewelry as theirs upon Campbell’s return to Bennington.
“We have more stuff that’s been identified by victims so this places him at the home, for more than one home,” Campbell said.
With a warrant out of Bennington for Belleville’s arrest and a warrant out of Manchester for not appearing for arraignment, Campbell said everyone in the state will see him on their radar. “We’re going to find him.”
Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, firstname.lastname@example.org.