Young man charged with armed robbery of his neighborhood store

SANBORNTON — A local man is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail after being charged Wednesday for the attempted armed robbery of the Sanbornton General Store on Tuesday night.

Police affidavits obtained from the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division said Aric Camire, 20, of 522 New Hampshire Road allegedly entered the store Tuesday at 7:55 p.m. wearing a black ski mask, a black and white camouflage cap, and a black hooded sweatshirt. Police noted the store typically closes at 8 p.m.

Police said surveillance footage shows Camire had something silver in his hand that he placed it in his back pocket once he entered the store. They said video shows him walking around the back of the counter, yanking out the telephone cord and going over to the register and attempt to open it.

The clerk was apparently in another part of the store.

Police said a male customer entered and both he and the female clerk said the robber ran out the front door of the business which fronts Route 127 (New Hampton Road) but uses a door off the parking lot as its primary entrance.

The man told police he followed the would-be robber, who ran across New Hampton Road and up a hill.

Sanbornton Police notified other area police to be looking for a runner while a Gilford K-9 and his handler followed the trail that led them from the store at 666 New Hampton Road through the wood and to the back of 522 New Hampton Road. Camire lives there with his mother.

The house was dark and no one answered the door so police secured the property and obtained a search warrant. Officers were able to see two pair of wet blue jeans in a pile on the back deck.

Warrant in hand, Sanbornton Police entered the home and found a single thin black glove similar to the ones worn by the would-be robber in the store video. Police also found two semi-automatic pistol magazines. They said no one was in the home.

On Wednesday police interviewed a woman who lives at the home and who had been in contact with Camire around 9 p.m. She told police he arrived at home at 8:15 p.m. and that he was wearing a pair of pants that were too big for him, which she thought was unusual.
The woman said she had seen a number of police officers in the area and had asked Camire if he had done anything wrong.

She told police he said he hadn't but that she would learned more the next day. When police interviewed Camire, he gave them what they said was contradictory information about where he was the night of the attempted robbery.

On Wednesday, Sanborton Police retraced the track taken by the K-9 the night before and found a loaded 9 mm pistol and a large fixed blade knife near the roadway. One of the officers recognized the knife as one he had taken from Camire on an earlier occasion. About 100 feet away from the knife and the magazine, they also found a chrome Taurus 9 mm handgun with the magazine missing that had one round in the chamber.

Further down the track, police found a white and black camouflage hat and a black ski mask. Even further down the track they found a single thin black glove much like the one they found the night before at Camire's home.

During a subsequent interview, Camire denied any involvement in the botched robbery and invoked his right to speak to an attorney.

In court yesterday, Camire appeared by video and Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon approved his application for a court-appointed attorney. Camire appeared without a lawyer and didn't challenge the state's request for $100,000 cash bail.

Camire has a probable cause and a bail hearing scheduled for April 21 at 1 p.m. in Franklin.