Police Ask For Public's Help Tracking Suspect In Vehicle Break-Ins

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

When Tewksbury Police see an opportunity to catch a criminal in the act, or shortly afterward, they take it.

Early Tuesday morning (July 10), officers responded to a call regarding at vehicle break-in at 1280 South St. A K9 unit was called in and a Code Red alert was sent out at 1:45 a.m. to residents within a one-mile radius of 1280 South. The Code Red asked residents to report any suspicious activity or individuals in their neighborhoods.

According to Deputy Police Chief John Votto, the suspect or suspects were not found, despite an extensive search.

Two calls in one night to Patten Road address

On Sunday, July 8, police received a call from a Patten Road resident at 1:15 p.m., reporting that her daughter had taken an X-Box game system from her son without his permission. Officers responded to the scene and determined that other items had been stolen as well.

at 10:10 p.m., officers responded to a call at that same Patten Road address, for a report of four people brawling in the road. As they were en route to the scene, the caller informed them that two of the people had left in a red pickup truck headed in the direction of Billerica. The Billerica PD was notified and a report on the incident was filed.


Chandra Garcia, 41, 70A Asah St., Nashua, NH, was arrested on Monday July 9, and charged with shoplifting from Marshalls.

Teddy Gachie, 20, 6102 Archstone Ave., Tewksbury, was arrested on July 9, and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a lights violation.

Erik J. Southward, 24, 354 Walpole Road, Tewksbury, was arrested on July 8, and was charged with OUI-liquor (2nd offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and speeding.

Additional Incidents

On Monday, July 9, at 11:58 a.m., DPW employees reported that a street sweeper was on fire near the intersection of Helvetia Street and Robinson Avenue. Emergency crews responded to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished.

On Sunday, July 8, several calls came in about illegal fireworks being shot off on Crawford Street. At 11:03 p.m., similar calls were received regarding fireworks being shot off on Miles Road. In both cases, the residents were spoken to by officers and the fireworks were put away.

On Sunday, July 8 at 11:29 a.m., police received a call from a 7th Street resident about a neighbor's dog running loose in the neighborhood and on his property. Officers tried to follow up but the dog's owner was not at home. The caller had said this was an ongoing problem and said he would be calling the animal control officer.

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


Janellen27 July 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
TEWKS TOWNIE: Seems the purpose of this thread has really gotten derailed, from Car Break-Ins to Street Sweepers to Littering. I'm partially responsible and I apologize. I am concerned about the Car Break-Ins and there should be more discussion about that here. The other night, my driveway gate was opened--or, at least, when I went out the next evening, the gate was wide open. No, I did not forget! I do remember to secure it everytime I drive in, as I have a dog who would just go for a walk (and probably get killed) if it weren't secured. As far as littering goes, I have more to say about that, but I'm resisting because I don't think this is the place. With regard to your comment about Lowell, glad you said it and not me! I agree, and I could even define the type of person "from Lowell" even further, but again, I will leave it to your own conclusions. All I will say is that I have noticed Wal-Mart is no longer the boundary line. Several low-end retail outlets are acting as enticements, just as motels do.
Janellen27 July 14, 2012 at 03:04 AM
HALLELUJAH! I just drove by the PD and the bushes have been properly trimmed and the sign has been beautifully painted! Wonderful! Been wishing for at least a couple of years; have written to people about it, too. Finally! Looks handsome and respectable! (Still wish we hadn't had to pay for 12 additional letters when "Tewksbury Police" would have been sufficient. Whatever.)
Janellen27 July 14, 2012 at 03:12 AM
P.S.: . . . At least, both the painting an trimming are done on one side. Just hoping we didn't run out of funding to do the other side, too. lol.
trish August 11, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I am not from Lowell but I will have to jump in here. Just because some threw a baby diaper full of crap in a bag doesnt mean they are from Lowell. I have seen some Tewksbury people throwing things out the window of their car and most of them teenagers.I have been to livingston area and have seen bags thrown on the ground with trash in it. I wish people in Tewksbury would wake up. This town is turning into places like Lowell quickly with the drugs, and underage drinking and everything else.
Janellen27 August 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
trish: While this conversation is nearly a month old, I don't think there's a time limit on the topic at all! Thanks for replying! While, I doubt the baby diaper was left by a teenager from Tewksbury, and more likely some young adult from Lowell--and more likely than that, a certain sort of person from Lowell--I totally agree with you. It's everyone's job to keep America clean, and again, it's parenting. You can take the person out of the slum/ghetto/bario/whatever, but you can't take the slum out of the person! Help de-slum Tewksbury. . . teach your kids to save their trash for the trash containers all over this world! There are heavy fines; hope Police still enforce that law.


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