UPDATED: Burglary Suspects Caught Red-Handed
Thirau USA has been the site of multiple break-ins over the past several months.
UPDATED: Thursday, 7:45 a.m.
Two men face multiple charges after allegeding breaking into Thirau USA Early Tuesday morning.
Just after 3 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Tewksbury Police, officers on patrol doing routine building checks saw a gray Accura pulling in behind Tewksbury U-Store-It at 720 Main St. The U-Store-It is a storage facility that abuts a fenced in yard belonging to Thirau, an electrical service company.
The Thirau yard has been the scene of many past break-ins, during which large amounts of cooper wire have been stolen, according to police.
After waiting a hsort time, officer entered the rear area of the U-Store-It facility. In a press release, Chief Timothy Sheehan provided the following narrative of the subsequent events:
"Upon entering, Officers observed a white male, later identified as Chad Audette, 38, of 27 Camden St., Dracut, walking away from the wooded area near the fence line of the yard, and proceeding towards the vehicle, which was now parked on the far end of the lot. Mr. Audette was observed wearing all black clothing, was sweating heavily, and had appeared very dirty from being on the ground.
Officers also encountered a white male in the driver’s seat of the Acura who was identified as Joseph Roy, 19, of 76 Varnum St, Lowell, Ma. Officers observed bundles of heavy gauge wire inside of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the area by the fence line revealed 2 sets of bolt cutters under some leaves as well as several small boxes. Officers also observed a hole in the fence. A representative of Thirau responded to the scene, and was able to identify the boxes and the bolt cutters as stolen from the trucks inside of the yard. The representative estimated the value of the stolen property to be upwards of $4,000."
Roy and Audette were both arrested and each was charged with breaking and entering a building in the nighttime with the intent of committing a felony, possession of burglary tools, two counts each of trespassing and larceny over $250.
Three traffic stops, three arrests
Just before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, offices on traffic control duty on Rogers Street pulled over two vehicles within two minutes and each resulted in an arrest.
William Soto, 29, 70 Juneau St. Apt. 1, Methuen, was charged with failure to stop for police and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Eric Rogers, 42, 8 Christina Ave., Billerica, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Monday, just after 1 p.m., Ramon Hurtado, 49, 177 Chestnut St., Lawrence, was pulled over in his vehicle on North Street. After a license check, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Big ticket shoplifting results in two arrests
Monday, around 5:30 p.m., a loss prevention officer from Home Depot called police to report two men had just stolen more than $700 in siding.
Approximately three hours later, acting on information provided by the Home Depot employee, Det. Christopher Cote visited a home at 40 Tower Farm Road in Billerica. After an investigation, the detective arrested two men in connection with the shoplifting.
Louis J. Carrico, 52, 40 Tower Farm Road, Billerica, and Dean Crestitelli, 42, 41 River Road, Wayland, were both charged with larceny over $250 and conspiracy.
Otherwise known as the "David Ortiz Alarm Clock"
at 6:21 a.m. Tuesday, Police received a 911 call reporting three male teenagers on the balcony of a residence at 200 Patrick Road. The caller said the boys had a baseball bat and appeared they were trying to break in.
Officers responded to the scene and questioned the three individuals. It turns out the three boys were attempting to wake up their friend for school.