Tewksbury Teen Charged in String of Break-ins
17-year-old suspect caught allegedly leaving the scene of a home burglary.
A Tewksbury teen is facing multiple charges after he was allegedly caught leaving the scene of a burglary Wednesday afternoon.
Police, responding to a house alarm at 755 North St. at 2:30 p.m., spotted Jonathan Whitcomb, 17, allegedly sneaking out of the home. He was quickly apprehended.
According to Police Chief Tim Sheehan, officers also learned at the scene that Whitcomb was responsible for breaking into two vehicles at the Residence Inn on Andover Street. A search of Whitcomb’s residence uncovered stolen property from those incidents, said police.
Whitcomb, whose address is listed as being at the Residence Inn, 1755 Andover St., Apt. 1012, has been charged with breaking and entering into a dwelling, two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, and two counts of larceny under $250.
After Whitcomb's arrest, officers also responded to reports of house breaks on Hodgson Street and Chapman Road. In addition, detectives are continuing to investigate a pair of break-ins on March 21. Those breaks are not believed to be connected to the North Street break.
Those four burglaries, all of which took place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., remain under investigation. Sheehan said police are reaching out to the public for their help in solving the cases.
"If anyone has any information regarding these house breaks or if they believe that they may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person in area, they are urged to call the Tewksbury Police Department Dispatch Center at 978-851-7373," said Sheehan. "We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department. With an increase in house breaks and motor vehicle breaks, we ask that residents take precautions and ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured."
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Tip Line at 978-851-0175 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.