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Store footage shows James Welcome of Tilton committing a burgllary. (COURTESY))

Tilton man arrested, pleads guilty to burglaries

TILTON – Police say a local man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing two local businesses in recent weeks.

James Welcome 30, of 61 High St. was arrested on July 3 and pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and criminal mischief on Thursday, said Police Chief Robert Cormier.

During the month of June, Tilton Police responded to commercial burglaries, both of which occurred during the overnight hours, Cormier said.

The first was June 19 at Lakes Region Cupcakes at 285 Main St. Sometime during the night, someone smashed in the glass door, went inside and removed all the cash from the register drawer, Cormier said.

On June 27 at 4:30 a.m., police responded to a burglary alarm on the east side of town at 622 Laconia Road at the Tilton Shop Express. They found that the store had been burglarized, Cormier said.

"Viewing the store video, a suspect wearing a hood and mask was observed forcing his way into the store and then removing all the cash and assorted other items," Cormier said in a press release.

The investigation took two weeks.

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