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Jacob Bouchard, 18, arrested on charges of burglary 12 hours after getting out of jail on burglary and arson convictions

A Concord teen arrested early yesterday morning had been out of jail for about 12 hours before he allegedly broke into a downtown business looking for cash and spice, a synthetic marijuana.

Jacob Bouchard, 18, faces charges of burglary and default of bail after he threw a brick through the glass door of Anaconda Tattoo. An off-duty police officer from the New Hampshire Hospital heard the commotion and held Bouchard at gunpoint until the city police arrived at the scene.

Bouchard told the police he had bought spice at the store in the past and believed they kept it in a filing cabinet in the office. Once he broke into the store, he grabbed two boxes he thought held cash or the drug, and headed for the back door, Officer Michael Adam wrote in an affidavit.

However, he found off-duty New Hampshire Hospital police Officer Matthew Wilmot there waiting for him.

Wilmot and several other people arrived at the scene after hearing a series of loud bangs. One person stayed at the front door, while Wilmot went around the back. A few minutes later, Bouchard emerged, Wilmot said in an interview yesterday.

“He was clutching a large metal screwdriver in his fist and I wasn’t sure if he would use it as a weapon or if it was a tool he used to break in,” he said.

“I wasn’t sure if he would have a fight or flight response so I treated it as if he had a weapon. I drew my off-duty pistol on him, ordered him to drop the weapon, and get on the ground. He did that and was very cooperative,” Wilmot said.

Wilmot declined to say if Bouchard said anything to him while they waited for the police to arrive.

Bouchard was released Wednesday from the Merrimack County House of Corrections at about 2 p.m., less than 12 hours before he was arrested, after serving his sentence for a series of break-ins, thefts and arsons he committed in January.

Between Jan. 2 and Jan. 5, Bouchard and a friend broke into two Concord bike shops and set fires at the Everett Arena Skate Park, a Dumpster behind PetSmart on Loudon Road and a Dumpster behind the Storrs Street shopping center, according to court documents.

At S&W Sports, Bouchard broke a window and stole a Gary Fisher mountain bike worth more than $3,500. A few days later, the two tried to steal more bikes or cash from Goodale’s Bike Shop, but set off an alarm and left empty-handed, the police said.

They went back to S&W Sports, where Bouchard pried open a door and went inside, but the teens again left without taking anything.

The teens set the fires using explosive devices made from modified aerosol cans containing paint and water repellent and a pizza box, according to court documents.

The police later said the teens watched when the police and fire departments responded to the incidents.

Bouchard is being held at the Merrimack County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing Jan. 2, which will be his 19th birthday.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

He didn't learn anything at the Merrimack County Jail. It's now time to see if he can learn, from the Concord State Prison.

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