Woodstock and Hartford burglary suspect is Claremont fugitive
Woodstock, Hartford and Windsor police coordinated investigation
WOODSTOCK, VT - A Claremont, New Hampshire man who is believed to be a fugitive from Florida was arrested Saturday morning in Windsor after he allegedly tried to cash stolen checks at banks in Woodstock and Hartford following at least two residential burglaries Friday on Hartland Hill.
Joshua Robbie Converse, 44, who police said has been using the alias "Ricky Larson," was caught Saturday morning by police in Windsor who stopped and arrested him before seizing his vehicle which has been impounded at the Hartford Police Station and is now the focus of an application for a search warrant.
Woodstock Police said Converse is due in court Monday afternoon in White River Junction where he is expected to be arraigned on two counts of burglary and two counts of false pretenses as well as uttering a forged instrument and resisting arrest.
Police said that Converse was charged with similar crimes in Woodstock back in 2013 and currently has a warrant out for his arrest issued by the state of Florida which is seeking to charge him with aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Joshua Robbie Converse, 44, of Claremont is facing multiple felony charges in Vermont and Florida
Immediately after his arrest, Converse was lodged at the Springfield jail for lack of $75,000 bail.
Woodstock Police said that early Friday afternoon Officer Jacob Holmes responded to a residence on Hartland Hill Road and learned that someone had entered an unlocked home there and stolen the homeowner's purse while she was away.
A short time later Converse allegedly showed up at the Lake Sunapee Bank in Woodstock and cashed one of the victim's checks. Police said he'd apparently forged her signature after making it out to himself. Converse was subsequently identified as the suspect through bank surveillance camera video and through the identification he provided to the teller when he cashed the check, police said.
Woodstock Police then learned that the Hartford Police Department was also investigating a similar incident in which Converse was suspected of stealing a check in Hartford, forging the details on it, and caching at the People's United Bank branch in Woodstock.
Police circulated photos of Converse to area banks and mid-morning Saturday they received a call from the TD Bank in downtown Woodstock reporting that Converse was in the bank and cashing a check.
Woodstock Police Sgt. Joseph Swanson responded and arrived just as Converse was walking back out the door of the bank. "Upon seeing Sgt. Swanson and being ordered to stop the accused allegedly ran on foot and was able to elude Sgt. Swanson," Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish explained in a release about the incident.
Police issued a "Be On The Look Out (BOLO)" for Converse to surrounding towns and a short time later Windsor stopped and arrested him.
Woodstock Police said that a subsequent examination of the check Converse cashed Saturday at TD Bank showed that it too had been forged after having apparently been stolen in yet another apparent burglary that took place on Hartland Hill Road.