EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 20, 2013

NH crime suspect nabbed in Conn.

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — A Manchester man, charged with crimes in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, has been captured in Connecticut.

William Boucher, 27, was apprehended on fugitive from justice charges yesterday in Westport, Conn., police said. He was arrested at a local home without incident by Westport police and the U.S. Marshals Service

Boucher was wanted on narcotics and burglary-related charges in the Granite State and Massachusetts. He has been charged in Salem, Atkinson and North Andover.

Boucher was unable to post a $250,000 bond yesterday and scheduled to be arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court.

He and three other men were arrested in connection with burglaries Feb. 7, 2012, at Middlesex Corp. construction company in Salem and Sunoco/Subway in Atkinson.

Seven laptop computers were stolen from Middlesex and then $4,000 worth of cigarettes and cigars were taken in Atkinson along with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.

A Hampstead police officer, who was responding to the Atkinson burglary, saw the suspects flee in a Pathfinder. She followed the vehicle and was later joined by a Salem officer.

The suspects crossed the state line and abandoned the Pathfinder in Lawrence, fleeing on foot. Boucher was later captured by Massachusetts State Police on the banks of the Shawsheen River in North Andover.

Six law enforcement agencies ended up taking part in the chase. Police recovered all the stolen items from the Pathfinder. Boucher was later indicted on a felony burglary charge.

Boucher found himself in trouble again three months later when he was a passenger in a car stopped in Salem for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Police found there were three warrants for Boucher’s arrest and took him into custody. Officers also found a bag with 17 Oxycodone pills and $600 in cash.

Boucher was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled drug.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.