Old Town woman pleads guilty in connection to burglary at baseball star Matt Stairs’ house

Posted Sept. 11, 2012, at 12:01 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The woman who pawned the rings stolen from the home of former Major League Baseball player Matt Stairs pleaded guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges related to that theft and two others.

Andrea J. Bouchard, 28, of Old Town admitted that she pawned items stolen from homes in Bangor, Milford and Kenduskeag earlier this year, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Tuesday.

Bouchard and her husband, Jamie Bouchard, 34, of Old Town were indicted last month by the Penobscot County grand jury in connection with the burglaries and thefts in late May and early June, according to the district attorney’s office. The couple were arrested on June 18.

She pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and receiving stolen property, all Class B crimes. Almy said Tuesday that a sentencing date has not been set but that he would recommend a sentence of three years with all but 120 days, or four months, suspended and two years of probation.

Almy said Tuesday that he expected Andrea Bouchard would be ordered to pay restitution but did not estimate how much that might be.

The case against Jamie M. Bouchard is pending, the prosecutor said. The Old Town man was indicted last month on two counts of burglary and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, both Class B crimes.

His next court appearance is set for Oct. 12. He remains at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $30,000 cash bail. His wife is free of $1,000 cash bail.

Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000. A Class B theft is defined as taking something valued at $10,000 or more.

Stairs was in Canada for his induction into New Brunswick’s Sports Hall of Fame the weekend of June 9-10 when his daughter called to say the family home in Bangor had been burglarized, according to a previously published report. The burglars took jewelry, including his National League and American League championship rings, a National League championship pendant belonging to his wife, and some watches.

The Moncton, New Brunswick, native told the Bangor Daily News in July that he and his family would be moving to F redericton, New Brunswick, in the near future.

He said they had discussed the move for years and the recent house burglary expedited the decision. Stairs bought a house in Bangor in November 2000, the same day he was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago Cubs.

He said in July that even after his family moves back to New Brunswick, he intends to continue as a part-time studio analyst for Boston Red Sox games with the New England Sports Network. He is in his first year with NESN.

BDN writers Ryan McLaughlin and Larry Mahoney contributed to this report.

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