Suspect in custody after New Boston vehicle break-in attempt, foot chase

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NEW BOSTON — A man identified as a suspect in a recent crash was arrested Saturday morning after attempting to break into a vehicle on River Road, leading police on a foot chase.

At about 10:15 a.m., New Boston Police Officers River Marmorstein and Lt. Stephen Case, with assistance from the Goffstown Police Department, responded to reports of a man trying to enter a motor vehicle at 216 River Road.

The suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Avery Blodgett, initially fled on foot but was apprehended without further incident.

Blodgett, who was involved in a crash on Hooper Hill Road on Jan. 5, was evaluated by the New Boston Fire Department for injuries and potential frostbite, but did not require further medical treatment.

The search for Blodgett was extensive, with multiple officers deploying thermal drones and K9 units to canvass the wooded areas of the vicinity.

Blodgett’s criminal history includes convictions for robbery, burglary, and criminal restraint in the late 1990s and a series of bank robberies in New Hampshire and Maine in 2007 for which he and his brother Travis Blodgett pleaded guilty.

Currently, Blodgett is facing several charges and will remain in preventative detention pending an arraignment.

The New Boston Police Department has expressed gratitude to all the agencies and citizens who aided in locating Blodgett.

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