Old Town man pleads not guilty to charges in connection with Stairs break-in, theft

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 16, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Old Town man accused of breaking into the home of former Major League Baseball player Matt Stairs pleaded not guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to two counts of burglary and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Jamie M. Bouchard, 34, of Old Town was indicted last month by the Penobscot County grand jury in connection with burglaries and thefts at Stairs’ Bangor home as well as at an Old Town residence.

Bouchard was indicted in August on two counts each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking in connection with break-ins in late May and early June at homes in Corinth and Milford, according to the Penobscot County district attorneys office. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in October before he was indicted for the Bangor and Old Town burglaries.

He is being held at the Penobscot County Jail, unable to make bail set at $30,000.

His next court date is set for Jan. 8.

None of the victims appeared in court Wednesday.

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.

Bouchard’s wife, Andrea J. Bouchard, 28, of Old Town, admitted earlier this year when she pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property that she pawned items stolen from homes in Bangor, Milford, Old Town and Corinth.

Last month, Superior Court Justice William Anderson sentenced her to three years in prison with all but four months suspended. In addition to jail time, the judge sentenced Andrea Bouchard to be on probation for two years after she completes her sentence, according to a previous report.

Anderson also ordered the woman to pay $5,000 in restitution for the pawned items, including some taken from Stairs’ former residence, that were not recovered.

“Some of the [Stairs'] family jewelry was recovered but not the championship rings,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said last month.

She began serving her sentence on Nov. 6 at the Penobscot County Jail.

Stairs, a Moncton, New Brunswick native, moved earlier this year to Fredericton, New Brunswick.

He said in July that the family had discussed the move for years and the house burglary had 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 earlier this year that he would continue to work 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.

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