Felon accused of stealing brass from mausoleum and possessing a stolen weapon

According to Tilton police, Fred Cross, a career criminal, also owned more than $100,000 in construction equipment that he stole from Ashland and Concord.

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TILTON, NH – Police have arrested a Lakes Region felon and charged him with theft of brass and construction equipment and possession of a stolen 9mm handgun.

Tilton police spent a month investigating the theft of stolen brass fittings from the Tilton family mausoleum at Park Cemetery. According to a Facebook post, officers executed search warrants in Ashland and Northfield and reportedly recovered the brass fittings. During the search, police from Ashland and Concord found more than $100,000 worth of stolen construction equipment. Police also found a stolen handgun and a decorative brass ring stolen from a historic chandelier at the Tilton Mansion last year, according to the report.

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Fred “Cricket” Cross, 53, of Northfield was arrested and charged with multiple offenses including criminal mischief, theft and interfering with a cemetery or gravesite.

“Mr. Cross has been identified as an armed career criminal and is currently being held without bail at the Belknap County Correctional Facility,” the report states. “Additional charges are expected from multiple agencies.”

Tilton police thanked the Ashland, Concord and Northfield police departments for their “significant roles in the investigation.”

According to Superior Court records, Cross has a lengthy criminal history that dates back more than 30 years to when he was charged with habitual offender in June 1993.

Charges were filed against Cross, but the charges were not filed five years later.

In 2011, he was charged with a drug offense in Laconia and a burglary in Bridgewater. The drug charge was not dealt with, but he pleaded guilty to burglary in February 2013 and received a 12-month suspended sentence. He pleaded guilty to a probation violation in October 2014 and received a six-month sentence with a 45-day sentence.

Cross was involved in several cases in 2015, including prohibited acts in Sanbornton, theft in Meredith, willful concealment in Franklin and a controlled drug offense in Tilton, pleading guilty to all charges. In 2016, additional charges were brought against him: one count of prohibited acts and mischief in Franklin; Receiving stolen property, driving after revocation, disobeying an officer and resisting in a separate case in Franklin. Cross was also charged with unarmed robbery, burglary, stalking and bail jumping in Franklin; Receiving stolen property, prohibited acts, criminal mischief and resisting arrest or detention in Northfield; and bail jumping in Laconia. He pleaded guilty to many charges.

Cross was charged in 2020 with theft from Moultonborough with a guilty plea and prohibited acts, driving after revocation or suspension and breaching bail in Canterbury. The charges all went untried several months later.

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