Fed Up Resident Helps Police Nab Alleged Mailbox Vandals
The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
A Beech Street resident who said his mailbox had been vandalized three times previously, was spurred to action when he witnessed it happen for a fourth time early Wednesday morning.
Alen Haley said he was standing on his porch at 251 Beech St., smoking a cigarette when a car drove past his house and the front seat passenger slammed his mailbox with a baseball bat.
"It's ridiculous," he said. "This is the fourth time it's happened. And I had a pretty good idea of who it was involved because he had posted something about smashing mailboxes on his Facebook page."
Furious, Haley went to his car and followed the suspect's vehicle. While driving, he called Tewksbury Police and gave a description of the car and its plate number. As officers were sent to the scene, Haley told Dispatch that the car was headed down the dead-end section of South Street.
The first officer on the scene, Patrolman David Duffy, pulled the vehicle over near Moonlight Drive. A second patrolman and a sergeant arrived shortly afterward as backup.
According to the police report, there were five people in the car. Four, including the driver, were juveniles. According to Haley, there were two teen boys in the front of the car and three teen girls in the back.
In his report, Patrolman Duffy said the driver initially denied being involved in the smashing of the mailbox but quickly recanted and admitted that the group had gone out that night for the specific purpose of "mailboxing."
Patrolman Duffy also reported that the front seat passenger was identified as David Morris, 17, (no address provided). Morris quickly admitted that he was the one that smashed the mailbox. He said he did it with a baseball bat and that the bat was in the trunk, according to the report.
Morris was not arrested at the scene but is being charged with malicious damage of property under $250.
The driver of the vehicle, 16, is also being charged with malicious destruction of property under $250, as well as a violation of his junior operator license restrictions regarding passengers and improper hours of operation.
According to the report, officers had all five teens call their parents to pick them up at the scene. The vehicle was towed by Penney's because of the alleged violations by the driver.During the vehicle search, the baseball bat was found in the trunk.
The driver's father, identified in one of the police reports as an Everett Police Officer, was also called to the scene. According to Haley, the driver of the vehicle had been a suspect in one of the previous incidents in which his mailbox was damaged. However, according to Haley, the driver's father would not give Tewksbury Police permission to talk to the teen.
Tewksbury neighborhoods have been hit with a series of mailbox vandalisms over the past few months. It's not known if the teens facing charges in this case are considered suspects in any of the other incidents.
Rada Non, 25, 53 7th St., 3rd Floor, Lowell, was arrested on July 24 and charged with driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Eric N. Rodriguez, 152 1/2 Highland Ave., Fitchburg, was arrested on July 24 and charged with larceny of more than $250 for allegedly stealing wire from Home Depot.
At 9:14 a.m. on July 24, a man called police and reported that he believed his car had been broken into a Tewksbury Welding, 662 Clark Road. A report was filed.
Just after 6 p.m. on July 23, a Charles Drive resident called police to report that her home had been burglarized while she was on vacation. She said her jewelry had been stolen, as well as several banks containing change. Officers responded to the scene and a report was filed.
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