A 37-year-old Tewksbury man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly going on a brief crime spree Monday morning, stealing from two local businesses and a church.
Jason Bourgeois, of 20 Oregon Rd, Tewksbury, was arrested after being spotted on a bike near 1501 Main St. at around 7:30 a.m. by sharp-eyed on routine patrol. According to information provided by Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, the officers noticed Bourgeois was carrying "several peculiar items" while riding. After stopping Bourgeois to question him, the officers identified the items as golf clubs, a drill, mail not addressed to him, a check not made out to him, and a laptop computer.
The officers continued their investigation by inspecting the commercial building at 1501 Main St. and learned that located in Unit # 25 had been broken into. Evidence discovered at the scene connected Bourgeois to the burglary. Bourgeois was questioned by the officers and and taken into custody.
According to Sheehan, the mail Bourgeois had in his possession at the time of his arrest included a check made out to allegedly taken out the mailbox located at he St. William Parish Center, and five pieces of mail addressed to , allegedly taken out of the mailbox in front of that business at 1455 Main St.
Officers determined that the other items found with Bourgeois had been stolen from Mechanical Control Systems.
Bourgeois was arraigned in Lowell District Court, charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony, unarmed burglary and breaking into a depository (a mailbox).
Sheehan said the department is encouraging 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, residents are asked to take precautions to ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured," he said.