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.


southie July 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
That's funny the fire dept. just got the money that was going to be used to buy a new street sweeper from town meeting. I think i heard more then one person say (do we really need a new street sweeper)
Janellen27 July 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
So, is it the new one, or the old one, that was on fire? And, what was the cause of the fire? (I don't like the way this is sounding.)
southie July 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
It was the old one, the money for the new sweeper was given to the fire dept. at town meeting to pay for firefighters overtime to help keep the fire station in south Tewksbury open.
Sarah July 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I didn't know that about the street sweeper money thing. Good idea. You know, I think I'd like better town fire/emergency protection than marginally cleaner streets any day.
Janellen27 July 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I'm all for plenty of Fire, Police and Emergency people, equipment and facilities, myself. Safety for the citizens and businesses! (And, speaking of that, I often wish that the "Police Headquarters" sign said "Police Station", as "Headquarters" implies we're NYC and we have 19 Precincts. Otherwise, the blue paint is so faded and the bushes are allowed to grow so tall that noone can read it, anyway! Come on, DPW, what's a bucket of dark blue paint and a pair of hedge clippers!) But, as far as street sweepers go, I've watched out the window many times over the years as the street sweeper pushed the same dirt from one part of the road to another, over and over again. Think a new machine will help actually pick it up? Sure hope so! The old one did a terrible job on the corners! (Maybe it's those who operate the machine; I don't know.) Q: Is this thread about the car break-ins and the Red Alert for South Street? I've been trying to figure out if I'm in the wrong place, or not. At any rate, regarding the South Street call, it surprises me that they called the dog out and still didn't get the perpetrator. I gather that means s/he fled in a vehicle? I'm really glad that the town has a new K-9. Invaluable! Thanks to whomever made the donation!
Janellen27 July 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Speaking of clean streets . . . . . I came out of Wal-Mart yesterday and what is lying on the ground next to my car? Yup, a Wal-Mart bag containing a dirty diaper full of baby sh**. OK, what kind of people do that, when the trash bin is only feet away. (Even if weren't only feet away, I'd take it home with me to dispose of, or drive to find a public trash bin.) This sort of thing doesn't help the appearance of our town anymore than the empty beer cans on the street or the strewn BK bags full of trash thrown from a moving car window. Whose job is it to keep America clean!
TewksTownie July 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
there have been car break-ins, and other problems all over tewksbury lately. @janellen27, i dont have a problem with keeping America clean, but Tewksbury is a little different. The wal-mart bag full of baby sh** is more than likely someone from Lowell. But the empty beer cans and cases from beer have been getting absurd, I agree. And even more of a problem with that is that it's usually high school kids doing it. Sucks cleaning it up off my yard
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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