Published DateMEREDITH — A Blake Road man who is already in jail awaiting trial for two counts of felony theft by unauthorized taking is now facing additional charges, including the unauthorized use of a credit card and an additional charge of receiving stolen property.
Jason R. Fournier, 22, of 39A Blake Road was served with the additional charges by Meredith Police at the Belknap County Jail.
Affidavits from Meredith Police obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division allege Fournier stole four copper plates used for etching and gave them to a woman in exchange for a ride. The woman sold them at an local antique store.
Fournier is also allegedly to have used a credit card without authorization and charged $404 worth of various items.
In an unusual twist, Meredith Police Lt. Keith True told the court he wanted Fournier released on personal recognizance bail while Public Defender Evan Napier asked that Fournier be held on $500 bail.
The reason the defense wanted cash bail on the new charges is because if Fournier is convicted or pleads guilty to one of both of the new charges, the time he was held on cash bail would go toward time served.
Fourth Circuit Court Judge Jim Carroll said "no" and ordered Fournier held on $500 personal recognizance bail.
Fournier was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury in March for two counts of theft — one for taking control of a shotgun and one for taking control over silver coins, jewelry and tool — all from the same victim.
He was free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, however the bail reverted to $5,000 cash-only when he failed to appear on his Belknap County Superior Court arraignment date of March 2.
Trial on the March Superior Court indictments is scheduled for September, however Fournier's public defender has challenged the value of the allegedly stolen items that was assessed by the N.H. State Laboratory. The value of the items alleged taken could mean the different between a felony and a misdemeanor charge.