By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
PLYMOUTH — The man authorities have charged with several felonies involving burglaries and arson in Grafton and Belknap counties remains at the Grafton County Department of Corrections jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.
A judge upheld the initial bail amount for Jacob A. Cohen during his arraignment on Thursday, according to investigator Matthew Wilmot of the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Cohen, 20, whom authorities list as being homeless, was arrested on Oct. 4 in Plymouth by the Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Investigations and the State Police Troop E Detective Division, with assistance from the Plymouth Police Department and State Police Troop F.
Wilmot said the charges are the result of a coordinated effort by law enforcement to solve the break-ins that occurred at properties in the Winona Road area of New Hampton in early May. Fires were set in one house, and there was damage unrelated to fire at several other properties, Wilmot said.
Cohen faces one Class A felony charge of conspiracy to commit arson, two Class B felony charges of burglary, two Class B felony charges of criminal mischief, and one Class B misdemeanor charge of fuel gas fitting without a license.
“We incorporated other law enforcement agencies to assist, and this investigation wouldn’t have been possible without the resources from multiple agencies working together for a successful conclusion,” Wilmot said.
In addition to the agencies already listed, those participating in the joint investigation included the New Hampton Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Center Harbor Police Department, and Belmont Police Department.
Wilmot said no trial has yet been set, and other felony charges are likely.
- Written by Tom Caldwell
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