Concord man serving prison sentence for armed robberies

  • Jacob Bouchard is led out of Merrimack County Superior Court in June. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Concord man is serving a minimum of 6½ years in state prison after pleading guilty to robbing four businesses in the capital city last spring.

Jacob Bouchard, 24, was sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court on four counts of armed robbery. He received a 7½- to 15-year prison sentence, but one year of the minimum could be suspended upon his entry into a residential substance abuse treatment program, according to court documents.

He also faces additional suspended time that the court could impose if he commits any other crimes in the next 20 years.

Concord police arrested Bouchard in June on unrelated charges. He initially told police he had information about the string of armed robberies in the city between May 28 and June 1, according to a sworn affidavit. At first he tried to implicate another man, but then confessed to robbing the Family Dollar on Fisherville Road; the Dunkin’ Donuts on Manchester Street; and the Shell gas station and 7-Eleven, both on Loudon Road, police said.

During a recorded interview, Bouchard said he was armed with a BB gun at Family Dollar and 7-Eleven, a knife at Dunkin’ Donuts and a hatchet at the Shell gas station. He said he disguised the hatchet in clothing to make it look like a gun.

Bouchard stole a few hundred dollars in total from three of the businesses. However, he got away with only a Boston cream doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts, where employees challenged him with a spatula and a chair, causing him to flee, according to the arrest warrant.

Bouchard told police at the time of his arrest that he has a drug problem and was using the robbery money to support his opioid addiction.

In addition to his prison sentence, Bouchard was ordered to pay $155 in restitution to the Family Dollar, $100 to the Shell gas station and $300 to the 7-Eleven.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)