Multi-county chase for bank robbery suspect in Merrimack

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MERRIMACK — A pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies across southern New Hampshire unfolded Friday after Merrimack police attempted to stop a vehicle linked to a bank robbery suspect.

The chase began when police tried to apprehend the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Avery Michel Blodgett of Concord, driving a Chevy Colorado pick-up.

When located near the CVS on Amherst Street, the driver fled into the woods behind the CVS, Wendy’s, and Key Automotive.

A passenger was detained at the scene.

Nashua officers joined the search after the suspect vehicle was spotted.

Soon after, Blodgett became a suspect in a vehicle theft at Key Auto, where a Toyota Tacoma was stolen, according to police scanner reports.

Multiple BOLOs were issued to agencies in Merrimack and Hillsborough counties, describing Blodgett as hostile towards police, wanted on several bench warrants, and paroled for bank robbery.

The stolen Tacoma was later found abandoned on Meetinghouse Road in New Boston.

Blodgett fled the scene, leading to an extensive search involving K-9 units, thermal drones, and officers on foot.

Blodgett has a criminal history, with convictions in the late 1990s for robbery, burglary, and criminal restraint.

In 2007, he and his brother Travis pleaded guilty to robbing several banks in New Hampshire and Maine.

Residents of New Boston are advised to stay vigilant and report any sightings of the suspect to 9-1-1 without approaching him.

Law enforcement is working to provide a more detailed description of the suspect.

Further updates will be issued as the information becomes available.

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