2 Nashua Men Arrested On Robbery Charges

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NASHUA, NH — Two men in Nashua were arrested after a multi-week investigation into five separate robberies in the Gate City in January.

Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 18, Cumberland Farms on Amherst Street, the Shell gas station on Main Street, Kinsley Market on Kinsley Street, the Bank of America on Main Street, and East Hollis Street Variety on East Hollis Street, were all robbed, according to police. At Cumbies on Jan. 8, a suspect threatened to stab a clerk while at the Shell station, on Jan. 14, the suspect concealed a hand inside the pocket of his sweatshirt, as if there was a weapon in it, and demanded money. In the third robbery, Jan. 15, at Kinsley’s, a suspect forced a clerk to give up her wallet and money from the store register.

“The suspect strongly resembled the suspect from the two aforementioned robberies,” a detective wrote.

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Both the Bank of America on Main Street and East Hollis Street Variety robberies occurred on Jan. 18.

At the bank robbery, the suspect passed a note to the bank manager and “threatened to shoot her” if she didn’t provide him with money. The clerk, however, did not have a key and was unable to open the drawer which led to the suspect growing frustrated and leaving the bank, a report stated. A clerk was also commanded to give the suspect money at the variety store, police said.

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In all of the robberies, the suspect looked similar — he was a white man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall to 6 feet tall, with an average build, older, possibly in his 40s.

Detectives reviewed surveillance footage in the area after the variety store robbery and saw a dark RAV4 driving from the area.

“Video quality was sufficient to allow the driver of the Toyota RAV4 to be observed,” an affidavit stated.

In other footage found from a location near the bank, an older model, dark SUV was spotted.

A detective also viewed an image captured by cameras at the variety store showing a RAV4 with a specific New Hampshire license plate registration.

The detectives went back to a narcotics investigation from Nov. 3, 2021, involving two suspects — Shawn Soucy, 51, of Vine Street in Nashua and John Garcia, 51, of East Dunstable Road in Nashua. During the surveillance, according to a report, Garcia was driving a black Toyota RAV4 with the same registration as the one seen in footage after robberies.

The detectives went to East Dunstable Road and saw the RAV4 with the same registration as the security footage, which was owned by Garcia, the report stated.

The detectives went back and reviewed all the footage and eyed footage of the suspect and accused it of being Soucy.

Soucy was charged on Jan. 19 with a single count of robbery and search warrants were requested of his home. During an interview, he declined to speak about the case, according to police. Detectives also requested a warrant of the RAV4, which led to the arrest of Garcia on Wednesday.

Soucy was charged with five felony counts of robbery while Garcia was charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another, robbery. Soucy was held on preventive detention while Garcia was released on $500 cash bail.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact the Nashua Police Crime Line at 603-589-1665.

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