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Mailboxes, Street Signs Destroyed In Vandalism Spree

The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Police are looking for the person or people responsible for destroying several mailboxes and street signs in a Tewksbury neighborhood over the weekend.

According to a a resident of Mitchell G Drive discovered the damage when he left his home to work on Sunday just before 7 a.m. The man told police he saw numerous mailboxes along the street had been destroyed sometime overnight. He also reported that the street sign for Starr Avenue and a stop sign had been completely ripped out of the ground.

An officer was sent to the scene and confirmed the report. In all, nine mailboxes were trashed in the vandalism spree.

 "Thief" stole a tire and replaced it with a flat? (May 20)

On Sunday, a resident called police and reported that his car had been broken into overnight. He also reported that the "thief" had stolen a tire from off his car and replaced it with a flat tire.

An officer was sent to the man's home to investigate the incident. After a complete investigation it was determined that the car had not, in fact been burglarized. Instead, the man's son had borrowed the car without his father's knowledge while the man had been away on a scout trip.

No charges were filed.

Arrests:

Julio Cruz Chalas, 41, 94 Fox Marsh Road, Apt. 4, Dover, NH, was arrested on May 21 in the parking lot of on a warrant. He was also charged with distribution of a Class B substance.

Mary Lopiano, 25, 205 Oakland Ave., Methuen, was arrested on May 20 a warrant.

Michael J. Ramsdell, 25, Concord St., Lowell, was arrested on May 20 on a warrant.

Clifford Elston, 43, 27 Oxford St., Apt. 1, Malden, was arrested on May 20 on a warrant.

Bianca L. Ortiz-Ortiz, 24, 40 Wamesit St., Lowell, was arrested on May 20 and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Sospeter Chege, 28, 152 University Ave., Lowell, was arrested on May 20 and charged with OUI-liquor.

David T. Prum, 28, 25 Temple St., Apt. 10, Lowell, was arrested on May 19 and charged with domestic assault and battery.

Additional incidents:

On May 22, at 2:15 p.m., a motorist reported that kids were throwing rocks at cars near Pinewood Road and that one of the rocks had broken his window. An officer was sent to investigate and a report was filed.

On May 22, at 3:33 p.m., an officer reported a possible stolen car from Stadium Plaza. Four women were given a courtesy transport.

On May 22, at 4:44 a.m., a Livingston Street resident reported that at some time overnight, the windows on her daughter's boyfriend's car had been smashed.

On May 22 at 7:14 a.m., a Court Street resident called police to report that two cars in her driveway had been broken into overnight.

On May 20, at 1:19 p.m., a resident reported their car had been broken into at 10 Main St.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com.

sandra May 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
whats wrong with people! I thought Tewksbury was a safe place.
Joe Bill May 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
No doubt the work of teenage morons who haven't a clue that damaging mailboxes is a federal offense. I hope they catch them and charge them accordingly. In a few years they'll be emptying trash cans on the same streets.
Dirk Anderson May 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Of all the arrests, not one Tewksbury resident. We are now outsourcing our deviants
Sarah May 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Who do we tell if street signs have been busted off.... AGAIN.
Dave May 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Watch what you post about Tewksbury Joe is a very sensitive guy.

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