THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY IN B-HOUSE BREAKS

by Christian Mower on July 27, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS THREE MEN HAVE ADMITTED TO STEALING GEAR FROM ICE FISHING BOBHOUSES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE LAST WINTER.

CONSERVATION OFFICER ALEX LOPESHANKSI SAYS THE THREE MEN PLED GUILTY IN DISTRICT COURT IN OSSIPEE – THE FINAL PLEA WAS ENTERED THE WEEK OF JULY 22, 2012 – IN CONNECTION WITH THE BREAK-INS TO FISHING SHACKS IN JANUARY, 2012 ON LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE’S 19-MILE-BAY IN TUFTONBORO AND LOON LAKE IN FREEDOM.

THE BREAK-INS CAME AFTER LOCKS WERE PRIED OFF THE BOBHOUSE DOORS. STOLEN ITEMS INCLUDED POWER ICE AUGERS, HEATERS, TIP-UPS AND FISHING GEAR THAT HAD BEEN PASSED DOWN WITHIN GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES.

THE ARRESTS CAME AFTER A COMBINED INVESTIGATION OF SEVERAL MONTHS BY FISH AND GAME, TUFTONBORO POLICE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE.

LOPESHANKSI SAYS 27-YEAR-OLD ERIC ROSS OF TAMWORTH PLED GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT THEFT AND THEFT; 22-YEAR-OLD ETHAN BILLINGS OF CENTER OSSIPEE PLED GUILTY TO THEFT AND RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY; AND 19-YEAR-OLD LUKE G. FAY OF CORNISH, MAINE PLED GUILTY TO THEFT.

LOPESHANSKI SAYS ALL THE CHARGES ARE MISDEMEANORS BUT MEAN EACH MAN NOW HAS A PERMANENT CRIMINAL RECORD. EACH HAS BEEN FINED AT LEAST $500 AND WILL LOSE THEIR FISHING LICENSE FOR A YEAR.

HE SAYS HE HOPES THE COMPLETION OF THE CASE WILL PREVENT FUTURE BEHAVIOR OF THE TYPE WHICH NOT ONLY DAMAGED PROPERTY BUT ALSO A LONGSTANDING NEW HAMPSHIRE TRADITION.