Claremont Man Arrested in NC Following Six-Month Investigation

(Courtesy of Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department)

Wanted in Connection with Custodial Case

CLAREMONT, NH--On July 30, 2018, a custodial parent of a one-year-old juvenile reported to the Claremont Police Department that the following subject had allegedly taken the child and was concealing her from that custodial parent as well as legal process: Gabriel Croft, 32, of Claremont, NH.

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After an approximate six-month investigation, which included obtaining telephone and social media records, a warrant for Croft’s arrest was issued on January 10, 2019, by the 5th Circuit Court – District Division – Claremont. 

According to a statement released by the Claremont Police  Department, investigators tracked Croft’s location to Charlotte, NC, where he was arrested on January 18, 2019. The child was also located and taken into custody by North Carolina authorities until she can be returned to the custodial parent. 

Croft is currently charged in New Hampshire with one Class B Felony complaint of Interference with Custody. He is charged in North Carolina with one Felony count of Fugitive From Justice, as well as two traffic offenses. His bail is set at $200,000 as he awaits further extradition proceedings. 

Claremont Police were assisted in this investigation by the United States Marshals Service, the New Hampshire State Police Information and Analysis Center, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department, the Huntersville (NC) Police Department, and the Lincoln County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, said Capt. Stephen A. Lee of the Claremont Police Department. Prosecution of this matter will be handled by the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office. 

Investigation into this matter is ongoing, and further charges are anticipated, said Lee. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Claremont Police Detective Casey Piehl at (603)542-7010 or e-mail cpiehl@claremontnh.com. 


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