UPDATED: Alert Resident Helps Police Capture Burglary Suspect
The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
UPDATED FRIDAY, 5 P.M.
An alert resident helped police apprehend a burglary suspect, who had allegedly broken into one home on Rogers Street and attempted to break into another.
According to Tewksbury Police, the incident at10:45 a.m. Wednesday, when a man wearing purple latex gloves got out of a car and started walking toward the entrance to a home on Rogers Street. A resident of the home saw this, opened his garage door and asked the man what he was doing there.
According to police, the man said he was there to give an estimate for a project. The man soon left and the resident called police. He was able to provide police with a full description of the man, what he was wearing and the car he was driving.
Officers responding to the scene located the car in front of a home at 553 Rogers St. and discovered at broken window at that address, indicating a break-in at that address.
Police had the car towed back to Police Headquarters. In the meantime, an all-out manhunt began, involving officers and detectives from both Tewksbury and Billerica, as well as K9 units from both towns. The State Police Airwing helicopter was also called in.
Officers located a rock believed to have been used to break the window at 553 Rogers St, a screw driver, and 2 purple latex gloves.
Police issued a Reverse-911 call to residents on Rogers Street and the surrounding neighborhood, alerting them to the situation and providing a description of the suspect.
At 3:18 p.m., according to Tewksbury Police, the resident who had called police originally, called back and told then he saw the suspect walking back along Rogers Street, near Wedgewoodand Devonshire.
A short time later, a Billerica officer spotted the suspect behind a home at 30 Wedgewood St., and detained him until Tewksbury officers could come and make the arrest.
According to Tewksbury Police, the suspect, Ronald Lombard, 46, of Dracut, has a lengthy criminal history and was on probation out of Lowell.
"This is another great example of how our community is assisting in the Police Department’s ongoing battle against this type of property crime," said Police Chief Timothy Sheehan.
During a search of the vehicle, which is registered to Tammy Lombard, Tewksbury Police found six purple latex gloves (identical to the two located by the crime scene), Lombard’s wallet, jewelry, and other property. Police are working to determine ownership of the property discovered.
Lombard was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony, two counts of possession of burglarious tools, malicious destruction of property and attempting to commit a crime (the original attempted break-in).
He was arraigned in Lowell District Court.
Angry driver chases alleged drunk driver after crash (July 28)
Thursday morning, just after midnight, police received a call from a woman who said her car had just been hit near Walmart by a vehicle driven by a driver who appeared to be drunk. She said that driver left the scene of the accident and that she was following him.
Police pulled over both vehicles around Pine Street. Arrested was Scott Braxten, 49, of 17 Euclid Road, Tewksbury. He is charged with OUI-liquor and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Paul Donlon, 32, 47 Furge Drive, Nashua, NH, was arrested July 27 on an outstanding warrant.
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