Car parts theft called third strike for man

The alleged theft of an alternator from the Pep Boys auto supply store on Amherst Street earlier this month has led to felony third-strike charge against a 40-year-old Nashua man, according to police.

Michael Boucher, of 46 Vine St., was arrested around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, about a week after police were called to the store, located at 274 Amherst St., to investigate the theft of an alternator, police said.

Members of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division subsequently identified the suspect as Boucher, according to police. In reviewing his criminal record, investigators found that Boucher has twice been convicted of theft charges, which upgrades the current charge to a Class B felony under the so-called "third-strike" statute.

Boucher was booked and held on $5,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Nashua district court.

Police ask that anyone with any additional information on the case contact the department’s Crime Line at 589-1665.

DEAN SHALHOUP